The doctors believe that they caught this early, and both the doctors and I believe I will have a fast and full recovery.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- MSU President Clif Smart greeted new students Monday with a message that he'll be off campus for a few weeks.
That's because, according to an email sent to staff and incoming freshmen, Smart says "several weeks ago I was diagnosed with early stagte prostate cancer."
Smart says he'll have surgery Wednesday, Aug. 21, and will not be back on campus for 2-3 weeks.
Smart continues, "As you probably know, having prostate cancer doesn't make me special. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2013."
The MSU president pointed out that MSU's enrollment is up this fall, and having John Goodman appear over the weekend gave the campus much to be excited about.
"The doctors believe that they caught this early, and both the doctors and I believe I will have a fast and full recovery," wrote Smart in the email. "Thank you in advance for your prayers."