**File Photo** * RYAN O'NEAL DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER Actor RYAN O'NEAL has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Love Story star, who lost girlfriend Farrah Fawcett to cancer in 2009, has revealed he is now battling the disease. A statement released by O'Neal to People.com reads, "Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery. "I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many." The 70 year old is not new to health battles - he fought leukaemia in the late 1990s. (KL/WNWCPL/KL) Tatum O'Neal with father Ryan O'Neal leaving Madeo restaurant on Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, California.