Actor Larry Hagman is probably best known for his role as the hard-hitting J.R. Ewing from the 1980’s megahit Dallas.
But the now 80-year-old been “hit hard” in his real life as well.
Hagman recently signed on to play his iconic TV role again in an updated version of Dallas, to be released sometime next year. However, in a surprise announcement today, he reported that he had been diagnosed with cancer:
As J.R. I could get away with anything — bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series. I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!
The type of cancer Mr. Hagman has was not released. However, according to the National Cancer Institute:
Over 10 million people in the U.S. – about one in 30 – are cancer survivors. This growing population reflects advances in cancer detection and treatment. But with the greater number of survivors comes an increasing number of people living long enough to experience more than one type of cancer in their lifetime.
Prostate cancer (156.9 per 100,000 men)
Lung cancer (80.5 per 100,000 men)
Colorectal cancer (52.7 per 100,000 men)
Lung cancer (65.2 per 100,000 men)
Prostate cancer (23.5 per 100,000 men)
Colorectal cancer (20.0 per 100,000 men)
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