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Dennis Hopper is diagnosed with prostate cancer

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Veteran actor and artist Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. His manager, Sam Maydew, confirmed the 73-year-old was cancelling all appearances to undergo what he calls a “special program” at the University of Southern California.

“We’re hoping for the best,” Maydew said, without going into further details about the actor’s condition.

The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system, in between the bladder and the rectum. Prostate cancer is when the cells of the prostate begin to grow uncontrollably. Like many other cancers, the early stages of prostate cancer are virtually undetectable.

The star of ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Rumble Fish’, now an established name in Hollywood, has participated in over 200 movie or television projects as either an actor or a director. Hopper, who has been married five times, is also a well respected painter and photographer.

Hopper was set to appear in Melbourne, Australia, for the installation and launch of an exhibition next week. The actor will be receiving treatment for prostate cancer instead.

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Author: Alan Light

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