Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank faces cancer surgery

By The Sports Xchange  |  Feb. 10, 2016 at 9:17 AM
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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement released Tuesday that he will undergo treatment for prostate cancer.

"In December, I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer," Blank said. "Over the last several weeks, Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good.

"I'm looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come."

The 73-year-old Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, has owned the Falcons since 2002. He will have surgery later this month and then take several weeks to recover. No other treatment is scheduled as of now.

"For my age, I'm in fairly good shape," Blank said. "So on the positive side, I'm a good candidate for surgery."

Blank also is the owner of Atlanta United FC, a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. The Falcons and Atlanta United FC will play in a new downtown stadium that is set to open in 2017.

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