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Hawkeye radio voice Dolphin battling prostate cancer

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes Gary Dolphin received a recent scare, when doctors diagnosed him with prostate cancer.

The 60-year-old Dolphin is entering his 15th year as the radio play-by-play voice for Hawkeye football and men's basketball.

In a press release, Dolphin is saying doctors are confident the cancer was caught in its early stages.

Dolphin says he will undergo radiation treatment and does not expect to miss any of the upcoming season.

Dolphin was quoted in a University statement that reads in part:

"Barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to fulfill all my responsibilities to the University and Learfield Sports, where football and basketball are concerned.  In the meantime, I would appreciate the prayers and well wishes from Hawkeye fans all over the country."

Dolphin is hoping other men can learn from his experience, urging those 50 and older to be screened for the disease.

Head of Urology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Dr. Karl Kreder says some health officials are now pushing for these screening methods, which include a PSA blood test, and a rectal exam, at an earlier age.

"More recently the thought is that all men should have a baseline PSA at age 40 and then depending on that value decide on the frequency of screening after that," Kreder said.

Kreder recommends men realize the risk and talk to their doctors.

"They should at least be aware of the option, and have a discussion with a physician and then decide after that informed discussion whether they want to embark on screening or not," Kreder said.

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