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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Frank Billingsley diagnosed with prostate cancer

Frank Billingsley announces he is cancer free

KPRC 2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley announces prostate cancer diagnoses to raise awareness for early detection

KPRC 2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley announced on Tuesday's 6pm news that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

And his message is to get tested, because he had no symptoms. The idea to have a series of tests happened after a chance conversation with channel 2 anchor Dominique Sachse about nutrition and diet.

"She suggested going to her doctor, who ran a standard blood panel and discovered my PSA prostate cancer test that was off the charts," Billingsley said on the newscast. "So my summer has been one of letters: PSA, DRE, MRI, CAT, etc."

At just 57 years of age at the time of the test, Billingsley's prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test came in at a high 17.

His bone and CAT scan both came back negative.

"Hopefully this hasn't spread, with such a high PSA, it's not for sure, but it doesn't look like it has," he told the television audience.

Billingsley says that puts him at an intermediate risk.

The reason the long running Houston meteorologist went public with his diagnoses, was to raise awareness about the value of testing for the disease.

"The message is, like with any cancer, the sooner you know, the better the prognosis," Billinglsey added. "Prostate cancer is not an old man’s cancer, it’s a man’s cancer. Anyone over 40 should be tested during their regular checkups."

The station reported one in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. September is National Prostate Health Month.

Frank Billingsley announces he is cancer free

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