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By DAN KARELL
Major League Soccer announced on Saturday that commissioner Don Garber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The press release states that Garber, 56, has undergone a series of tests and that the cancer has not spread from the prostate gland. Garber has begun receiving treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and will eventually undergo surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Garber intends to continue managing the league while receiving treatment.
“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer,” Garber said in a statement. “However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery. I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment. With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.
“Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It will affect one in seven men during their lifetime.” Garber added. “I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease.”