Warren Buffett is the co-founder of The Giving Pledge. He was ranked the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and his current net worth is US$46 billion. He had promised to give most of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Warren Buffett has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer that the Berkshire Hathaway CEO described as "not remotely life-threatening."
Buffett revealed the diagnosis in a news release addressed to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.
Here is the statement as reported by the Wall Street Journal:
"To the Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway:
This is to let you know that I have been diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer. The good news is that I've been told by my doctors that my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way. I received my diagnosis last Wednesday. I then had a CAT scan and a bone scan on Thursday, followed by an MRI today. These tests showed no incidence of cancer elsewhere in my body.
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My doctors and I have decided on a two-month treatment of daily radiation to begin in mid-July. This regimen will restrict my travel during that period, but will not otherwise change my daily routine.
I feel great - as if I were in my normal excellent health - and my energy level is 100 percent. I discovered the cancer because my PSA level (an indicator my doctors had regularly checked for many years) recently jumped beyond its normal elevation and a biopsy seemed warranted.
I will let shareholders know immediately should my health situation change. Eventually, of course, it will; but I believe that day is a long way off.
Warren E. Buffett"
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