In a lengthy post on Facebook, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart, 58, has announced he is fighting a battle with prostate cancer.
Bret took to the social media platform to reveal the news to his fans stating “With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.”
In the UK, around 1-in-8 men will contract prostate cancer at some point. Older men, men with a family history of cancer and black men are more at risk, according to UK prostate cancer charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra – the tube men urinate and ejaculate through.
Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.
The survival rate in prostate cancer is usually quite high, especially if caught early.
Bret’s fight with this disease is the latest in a long line of battles over the years. Having suffered a career-ending concussion in a match with Bill Goldberg in December 1999, Bret subsequently suffered a stroke just 3 years later of which the concussion was a contributing factor. Bret was riding his bike when the stroke hit, and caused him to hit his head when he fell off his bike. He was able to call for help despite having lost feeling in his left side.
More recently, Bret has had two knee replacements, two hernia operations, surgery on his right elbow and four corner fusion on his right wrist.
In his Facebook statement, Bret declared: I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already.”
On behalf of all of us at TWM News, we sincerely wish Bret the very best.
For more information on prostate cancer, including symptoms, how to spot it, treatment and to give a donation, please visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/