US Commander David Petraeus Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer
General David Petraeus, the 56-year-old Commander of US Forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, has revealed in a statement he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, but underwent "successful" treatment and is on the road to recovery. Petraeus oversees US military forces commissioned to Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in US military operations in Bosnia, Haiti, and Kuwait.
Petraeus was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in February, but chose not to disclose his condition, considering it a private matter. Only a few top US officials, including President Obama knew about his condition. Meanwhile, he was getting radiation therapy to cure his cancer. Prostate cancer affects over 200,000 men in the US each year. It is estimated around 30,000 men die from prostate cancer each year. When diagnosed early, prostate cancer can be treated effectively.
Petraeus enjoys quite a bit of popularity in the U.S. In recent years, he has been named one of the top intellectuals, man of the year, America's most respected soldier, leader of the year, most powerful person, and one of the most influential leaders. It was even speculated that Petraeus might run for President, but he is denying these claims.