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Ryan O'Neal says he has Stage 2 prostate cancer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Actor Ryan ONeal, left, and his actress daughter Tatum ONeal laugh at the Smithsonians National Museum of American History, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, during a ceremony where objects from the private collection of Farrah Fawcetts estate were donated. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Actor Ryan O'Neal, left, and his actress daughter Tatum O'Neal laugh at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, during a ceremony where objects from the private collection of Farrah Fawcett's estate were donated. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ryan O'Neal says the prognosis is positive for his recovery from recently diagnosed Stage 2 prostate cancer.

The 70-year-old actor said in a statement released through his publicist on Monday that he was "shocked and stunned by the news" but feels fortunate the disease was caught early. He says he's expected to make a full recovery.

A memoir about his romance with actress Farrah Fawcett, "Both of Us: My Life With Farrah," will be published on May 1. Fawcett died in 2009 after a public battle with cancer.

O'Neal says he's grateful for the support of his friends and family and advocates regular exams since early detection is the best defense.

Higher stage numbers mean more extensive disease, with Stage 4 being the highest, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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