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Tubby Smith Cancer-Free After Treatment At Mayo Clinic For Early Stages Of Prostate Cancer

Tubby Smith is cancer-free, according to a release from the University of Minnesota, after being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

Since a treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., however, the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball coach says he’s healthy and looking forward to next season.

"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," added Smith. "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."

While it’s scary that Smith was diagnosed with cancer in the first place, it’s great news that he was able to catch it in time to gain a clean bill of health so soon.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.