The Officer and a Gentleman Oscar winner is expected to recover fully

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 10, 2010 09:00 AM
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Louis Gossett Jr. has done the right thing regarding his prostate cancer: He received an early diagnosis and he is acting promptly.

As a result, the Supporting Actor Oscar winner – for 1983’s An Officer and a Gentleman, in addition to his Emmy for 1977’s Roots – expects to receive the greatest prize of all: a full recovery.

Gossett, 73, says he is spreading awareness of his condition because of the lack of emphasis in the African-American community on fighting the highly treatable (and extremely common) form of cancer. The best way to fight it is preventive examinations and early treatment, which can involve surgery and/or radiation.

For more information on prostate cancer, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation Web site.

For more information on Gossett, his memoir, An Actor and a Gentleman, is due to be published on May 10.