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Ian McKellan reveals he has prostate cancer

3:05 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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Ian McKellan, as Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings"



(USA TODAY) -- The stately star of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey says he has prostate cancer.

And he's had it for "six or seven" years.

The actor, 73, who is expected at Wednesday's U.K. premiere of the film in London's Leicester Square, tells The Sun: "You do gulp when you hear the news."

He added, "It's like when you go for an HIV test - you go 'Argh, is this the end of the road?' You monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread."

Sir Ian first went to the doctor because he needed to use "the loo often at night," reports The Sun.

McKellan says he is in a "waitful watching" mode. "They say you can have it zapped. You can have it snipped but you're not a candidate for that. ... I am examined regularly and it's contained."

He adds, "It's not spreading. I've not had any treatment."

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