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Radio Host Battling Cancer; Encouraging Others To Get Tested

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 11/15/2013 7:36 pm

The radio host of WLXG’s “The Sports Huddle” was talking about more than sports this week.

Chris Cross announced he has bladder and prostate cancer on the show this week. Today was his last day at work before surgery on Monday. He expects to be off air for six weeks.

Despite being scared when he first heard the results, Cross said he immediately knew he wanted to use this as a platform to get other people to get tested.

“As you get hit in the head with a diagnosis like that,” Cross said. “You start to wonder, how did I get here? What is this all about? Because it's life changing to get something like that.”

Cross said he waited to get tested for several years.

“They said Chris you've got to check this,” Cross said. “And if they wouldn't have done that, I think I would have continued to procrastinate.”

He’s using his broadcasting position to help get the word out about how crucial he says it is to get tested.

Cross said he hopes his story reaches at least one man who will go get tested.

His doctor, Dr. Thomas Slabaugh Jr., said it’s much easier to treat cancers when you catch them in an earlier stage.

“They almost all wish they had started screening earlier,” Dr. Slabaugh said. “Men are particularly bad about screening, and often they don't go to the doctor until their wife makes them.”

Listeners called in all week to tell Cross that they will be thinking about him.

“I think I'll be alright. I really do. I've got a lot of support and good doctors,” he said.

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