The legendary ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan has provided a positive update following his latest battle with prostate cancer, urging others to get themselves tested.
Though he never quite reached the heights of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, Jim Duggan was, for many, a bright light of their childhood. His uber-babyface persona and loveable personality made him a childhood hero of the Golden Era but unfortunately, life hasn’t been fair to him in later years.
Duggan recently defeated prostate cancer for the second time. Although it was the outcome he was looking for, Duggan has detailed the struggles of undergoing treatment for the disease in his recent interview with Wrestling Inc.’s Senior News Editor Nick Hausman:
“I had my prostate taken out last October and I thought hopefully that had taken care of everything, but I got another PSA test, found out that the cancer was still in me. I was very disappointed to say the least. I was really down for a little while, but had to go back in and get radiation. I did eight weeks of radiation treatment, but came out, rang the bell. I’m cancer-free, thank the Lord.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to do that [chemotherapy]. Chemo is so much worse than radiation. Radiation was almost like an X-ray. You hardly felt anything, you didn’t hear anything.”
Continuing, the WWE Hall of Famer urged the importance of getting yourself checked out, regardless of if you feel no changes to your body:
“I know it’s a terrifying deal for me and my whole family when everybody hears that, but early detection can save your life. This is my second bout with very aggressive cancers and I’m here to talk about it. So, get your physical, folks.”
Jim Duggan enjoyed a fruitful career in the 1980s and ’90s. He won the inaugural Royal Rumble match in 1988 while in WCW, he was both a one-time World Television Champion and United States Heavyweight Champion.