KENS (San Antonio) Anchor Barry Davis told viewers that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The 59-year-old morning and noon anchor said he learned the news last month and will undergo surgery Today to remove his prostate.
Characterizing it as "one of the most intimate and frightening times of my life," he said he decided to share his diagnosis in hopes of helping others.
"If it helps one man get a physical or have a prostate exam, and maybe saves one man's life, then it's worth sharing," he said.
"The biopsy confirmed that I have cancer. At the time, they thought it was a slow-growing, low-grade, Stage I cancer," Davis said. More tests and four days later, he and his wife learned that it was much different from the original diagnosis.
"I have clinical Stage III prostate cancer," he said, "and it's scary.
"I'm having surgery to remove my prostate and hopefully all of the cancer."
Davis estimated his recovery time would be about three weeks.
Davis did let go and cry a little, however, because of what happened after his KENS announcement. "I teared up," he said, his voice breaking. "The response on Facebook, Twitter and in emails is so humbling. The outpouring by people has been so overwhelming. And I'm so thankful for that."