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Published: 2006/10/26

Phil Lesh Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer, Will Perform Upcoming Dates

Phil Lesh has announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a statement on his web site, Lesh reveals, Since my liver transplant, my health has been monitored by a crack team of doctors; in the course of this program, I have periodic blood tests and clinic visits. At my last clinic, my doctor noticed that my PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels had increased over the last period. He recommended that I see a urologist, and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. I have decided to have it removed in early December with da Vinci robotic surgery. Since weve caught it very early, and its small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery.

Lesh goes on to indicate that his upcoming performances (including shows this weekend at Vegoose) will indeed take place. He closes, As you know, I urge everyone to become an organ donor to help save lives. Now, I am also urging all men: speak to your doctor about having periodic regular PSA screening for early detection of prostate cancer- you may save your own life.

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