Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Statement on Golfer John Daly’s Bladder Cancer Diagnosis

(September 11. 2020 BETHESDA, MD) – The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) was saddened to learn of the bladder cancer diagnosis of professional golfer John Daly.  According to an interview with the Golf Channel, Mr. Daly stated that he had recently been suffering from back pains and said these issues caused him to see his doctor.

Daly also revealed in his interview that “there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back” and that while his initial treatment was successful, his prognosis is uncertain.  Bladder cancer has one of the highest recurrence rates of all cancers, making it the single most expensive cancer to treat over a patient’s lifetime.

BCAN CEO Andrea Maddox-Smith said: “Our thoughts are with Mr. Daly and his loved ones during this very difficult time.  It is unfortunately true that bladder cancer will often recur.”  Daly commented about his diagnosis that “It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months that you don’t know. You just don’t know.”

Bladder cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, yet one of the least known and understood.   Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer also include blood in the urine and frequency and urgency to urinate.  Maddox-Smith added “Bladder cancer can be highly treatable when caught in its early stages and we hope and pray that this is the case with Mr. Daly.”

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s (BCAN’s) mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research and, provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.

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