Smith Treated For Prostate Cancer, Now Cancer Free

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Tubby Smith, University, Of Minnesota, Gophers, Head, Coach

Head coach Tubby Smith of the Minnesota Golden Gophers calls out in the first half during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament against the Xavier Musketeers at the Bradley Center on March 19, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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The Gophers coach released a statement saying he wanted to end any rumors and announce officially that he had surgery in April — and thankfully, is now cancer free.

The statement read:

“Amid speculation I want to make it aware that I did in fact undergo a procedure on April 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. During my regular physical last spring it was discovered that my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were high. A biopsy was done and it was discovered that I had early stages of prostate cancer. I am happy to say that the cancer was contained and removed and I am now cancer free and feeling great.

I want to thank Dr. Gettman and Dr. Litin at the Mayo clinic for everything they have done for me. I am a proponent of regular prostate examines and hope that men, especially African-American men, continue to have regular checkups. Again, I am feeling great and can’t wait for the upcoming season.

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