Sir Ian McKellen reveals half-a-decade-long battle with prostate cancer

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

London, United Kingdom (4E) – The ‘Hobbit’ actor Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he has been battling prostate cancer for over half a decade, ‘six or seven years’ to be exact.

Though McKellen has not had any treatment for the cancer, which he discovered he had after consulting with his doctors regarding his need to go to the bathroom more times than usual, he was scared about it at first. He told The Sun, “You do gulp when you hear the news. It’s like when you go for an HIV test, you go “Arghhh, is this the end of the road?”

However, the ‘Lord of the RIngs’ star said that the cancer is not exactly life-threatening, and he undergoes periodic examinations to keep an eye on it. “When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread. But if it is contained in the prostate it’s no big deal,” he said.

He also added, “They say you can have it zapped. You can have it snipped but you’re not a candidate for that. You are ‘waitful watching.”

Meanwhile, McKellen, 73, his new film, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ will premiere Wednesday in Leicester Square, London. The actor will be present along with fellow ‘Hobbit’ actors Freeman, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and Cate Blanchett.

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