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UNC Legend Phil Ford Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

All best wishes for a quick recovery for the master of the four corners and UNC’s finest point guard ever.

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North Carolina Coach Dean Smith Memorial Service
CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 22: Former player and assistant coach Phil Ford speaks during a memorial service for former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Dean Smith at the Dean Smith Center on February 22, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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We were sorry to hear that UNC legend Phil Ford is having to deal with prostate cancer.

It’s something that many men have to deal with of course and at this point it’s just a part of life. If you live long enough there’s a pretty good chance you’ll develop it.

The good news is that cancer research is in a particularly exciting phase now and huge advances are being made.

A while back 60 Minutes had a piece on Duke where researchers are using deactivated polio vaccine to force the immune system to attack cancer more vigorously and just this week we saw a remarkable story from the University of Washington which dared to suggest that a single pill could cure 95% of leukemia cells in the bloodstream and that it might work for other cancers as well.

Whether it’s Jim Valvano or our late pal and hero Gloria Borges who fought her cancer magnificently to the end or a family member or loved one, most of us know someone who has died of this plague. We’re glad Ford caught his early and will apparently be fine. And we hope our brilliant researchers can save many more soon.

To change the subject slightly, while it’s too late for Jeff Capel Jr,, his sons Jeff and Jason might like to know that an important breakthrough for ALS has occurred.

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