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louis-gossett-jr-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer-thumb-400xauto-6381We’re wishing Louis Gossett Jr. a speedy recovery this morning. The acclaimed actor announced yesterday that he’s being treated for prostate cancer.

In his announcement the 73-year-old Oscar-winner says the disease was caught early and he expects to make a full recovery.

Gossett says he decided to speak up about his diagnosis to increase awareness about the disease, particularly in the African-American community. With preventive examinations and early treatment, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers.

Gossett began his acting career at age 17 and, with projects currently in production, continues to act into his 70’s. Gossett won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1983 for his portrayal of the hard as nails Navy flight school sergeant who takes on Richard Gere in “An Officer and a Gentleman.” His memoir, “An Actor and a Gentleman,” is scheduled to be published this year.

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