Atlanta Falcons owner and co-founder of Home Depot Arthur Blank has revealed he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
In an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Tuesday, the 73-year-old Blank said he will have surgery later this month.
“For my age, I’m in fairly good shape,” Blank told the ABC. “So on the positive side, I’m a good candidate for surgery.”
In a statement released on the Atlanta Falcons website Tuesday afternoon, Blank revealed that he was diagnosed with the treatable form of prostate cancer in December. After multiple visits with cancer specialists around the country, he chose to have surgery and says his prognosis is good.
“I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come,” he said in his statement.
Blank said he expects it will take a few weeks to recover from surgery. No additional treatment is planned as of now.
In 2002, Blank purchased that Atlanta Falcons. During his ownership, the team has won the NFC South three times and made six playoff appearances.
Read Blank’s full statement:
In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer. Over the last several weeks Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.