As reported by CNN
Comedian Tommy Chong fighting prostate cancer
Dr. George M. Suarez comments: Tommy Chong, one-half of the marijuana-loving “Cheech and Chong” comedy duo, is battling prostate cancer, he announced Saturday on CNN. Chong becomes only one of the estimated 240,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed per year in American men. He is one of many celebrities that have been diagnosed with prostate cancer but he will certainly not be the last. Fortunately most men will outlive their cancer and die of unrelated medical problems. Chong stated that he first noticed prostate symptoms eight years ago while incarcerated for selling drug paraphernalia, but was not diagnosed until a month ago. Although prostate cancer rarely presents with symptoms, all men over the age of 50 are encouraged to have an annual PSA and prostate exam by a urologist. Unlike a decade ago when treatment options were limited to surgery or radiation, numerous non-invasive modalities, such as High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) are now available for such patients as Mr. Chong. HIFU offers less risk of potential side effects such as urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction more common to other treatments.