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Gov. Tom Wolf says he has ‘treatable’ prostate cancer, By Karen Langley. Featuring Dr. R. Scott Owens. Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, February 24, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf says he has ‘treatable’ prostate cancer, By Karen Langley. Featuring Dr. R. Scott Owens. Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, February 24, 2016

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One in six men will develop prostate cancer, said Dr. R. Scott Owens of Urology of Central PA, who is not involved in Mr. Wolf’s care. He said that men should get an initial test, which can be a blood test or a prostate exam, early on, and then follow-up tests after that. Men with a family history of prostate cancer and African-American men should get an initial test at 40, and other men between 45 and 50, he said.

Depending on the patient and the cancer, treatment options can include monitoring, surgery, radiation therapy or cryotherapy, Dr. Owens said. Mr. Wolf said he would keep the details of his treatment plan between himself and his doctor, but he described it as routine. He said he will receive treatment in the York area, where he lives.

“I would expect the governor to have a full recovery,” Dr. Owens said. “I would expect his cancer will be eradicated.”

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