April 16th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
Ryan O'Neal is facing a cancer diagnosis once again, but the 70-year-old actor remains optimistic.
As he reveals in a statement to People magazine , O'Neal was "recently diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer." While he was "shocked and stunned by the news," he says he still has a reason to feel fortunate.
In a previous statement, O'Neal erroneously said he had been diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.
"It was detected early, and according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery," he says in the statement.
He goes on to express his gratitude to friends and family for their support, and he also encourages "everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."
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