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Cal Ripken says he's cancer-free after March surgery

Cal Ripken says he's cancer-free after March surgery
Posted at 1:06 PM, Aug 21, 2020

Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer-free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate.

On Thursday, the former All-Star revealed the news to reporters over a Zoom call.

Known as "The Iron Man" for his record streak of playing in more than 2,600 consecutive games, the Hall of Famer for the Baltimore Orioles was diagnosed with cancer in February.

He wasn't experiencing symptoms, but bloodwork results prompted a visit to a urologist.

A biopsy detected cancer.

Ripken turns 60 next week.

He initially wanted to keep his story secret but hopes his experience encourages others to be tested.

The Orioles legend retired in 2001 and was inducted in 2007 into the Baseball Hall of Fame.