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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Eric Braeden Shares Cancer Diagnosis

Veteran actor and The Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden is sharing some personal health news – he’s living with cancer.

The 82-year-old actor who has portrayed charming lead, Victor Newman, in the long-running soap-opera since 1980, has revealed he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer and hopes to encourage “some older guys” to take note of their own health.

“I’ve learned now to listen to my body more, and not go all out. So if you’ve seen me a little under the weather, yeah, I have been, but I will kick this. This bastard ain’t going to get me, I’m going to get it! I’ll be in top form again soon,” he says.

Eric explained that he received his diagnosis while he was recuperating from knee-replacement surgery. He’s now undergoing a six-week immunotherapy program.


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“So that’s where I am right now. I love acting. I entertain people. I love your support,” he continues, visibly emotional.

“So whenever you have someone in the family who goes through this, support them. It can work out. Nowadays, there is so much advancement in cancer treatment. You can survive it.”

Watch his full message below:

Eric, who continues to grace our screens as Victor on The Young and the Restless, is one of over 288,000 men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2023 alone. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the most common cancer in American men after skin cancer, and about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.