Elvis Costello health: Singer battled 'small but aggressive' cancer - symptoms
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Emerging onto the British punk and new wave movement scene in the 1970s, Costello made head-waves with his first three albums, all of which appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Then after forming the Attractions, the group toured and recorded together for the best part of a decade. Yet in 2018, Costello was struck with devastating news; he had prostate cancer .
Although keeping details about his cancer diagnosis quiet on the whole, the star did say that doctors had found a “small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy”, which had forced him to cancel a number of tour dates.
In May of the same year, Costello decided to have surgery to treat the disease. In light of his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, Costello used his platform to encourage others, especially men to check their health regularly.
He added: “Gentleman, do talk to your friends – you’ll find you are not alone – seek your doctor’s advice if you are in doubt or when it is timely and act as swiftly as you may in these matters. It may save your life. Believe me, it is better than playing roulette.”
Prostate cancer affects the prostate, a small walnut-sized gland that grows bigger as you get older. The gland sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra - the tube that carries urine out of the body.
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