Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Wolf announces prostate cancer diagnosis

Multiple media outlets have reported the announcement by Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania that he has been diagnosed with “a mild form of prostate cancer”.

The Governor has not provided any specifics about his diagnosis, stating only that he “will be treated in the coming weeks” and that he did not expect his diagnosis or treatment to interfere with his duties. The Governor is 67 years of age. One media report including a video of the Governor’s announcement, along with his wife, Frances, is available here.

The diagnosis of any high profile figure helps us to understand the value of appropriate testing for risk for clinically significant prostate cancer — particularly in men between about 55 and 70 years of age and men with known risks for prostate cancer such as a family history, African-American and other black African or Afro-Carribean ethnicity, and known genetic risk factors such as the presence of the BRCA1/2 genes among family members.

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink (whose sitemaster lives and works in Pennsylvania) hopes the Governor’s treatment will be both effective and safe and that he has a high quality outcome.

2 Responses

  1. Is balding the culprit?

  2. No. Balding is not the culprit, but the two clinical issues (balding and prostate cancer) may well be associated with a similar underlying etiology.

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