Robert De Niro won battle with prostate cancer

The unmistakeable Robert De Niro

Revered actor, Rober De Niro, discovered that he had prostate cancer in October 2003 after a regular health check at his doctor’s. The Raging Bull star’s prognosis looked good from the beginning, his doctors praising his efforts to keep in good health, both physically and mentally.

His representative, Stan Rosenfield, stated back then: “Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular check-ups. Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery.”

Though declining to comment on the then 60-year-old’s condition or course of treatment, Rosenfield did say that the actor was undeterred by the disease and fully intended to press ahead with filming his new movie Hide and Seek.

Obviously, things will need to be postponed a little bit.” Was the follow up comment from the De Niro camp.

Robert De Niro in his younger days

Robert De Niro in his younger days

The actor made a full recovery after a course of treatment and some minor surgery but out of the 221,000 men diagnosed with the disease in the US every year, 29,000 are not so lucky. The disease has also been said to raise the risk of committing suicide.

Though saved by his doctors the multiple Academy Award winner isn’t keen on any form of unnecessary surgery. He recently and wisely called upon his contemporaries to steer away from cosmetic surgery and allow the natural ageing process to occur instead. He commended actress Meryl Streep for not going under the knife and told Britain’s The Times magazine that he would not have any procedures himself.

De Niro told the publication: “(Surgery) is so transparent. If you’re doing a younger part in a story, say 15, 20 years younger, the audience will accept that, and you can do it in a very real way. But to do it for yourself? I was reading something about Meryl Streep, and Meryl was describing how she doesn’t do any of that stuff, and that’s great. Getting old is a natural thing. And you’d better embrace it, ‘cos you’ve got no choice.“