KSTP's Brett Hoffland has explained his recent absence from Twin Cities screens: he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The weekend anchor and reporter confirmed the diagnosis in a Twitter video in which he thanked his family, friends and co-workers for their support.
"At 32 years old, I never thought I’d be diagnosed with cancer," he wrote, and in the video revealed he has undergone an orchiectomy – the removal of one or more testicles – last week, which he said was a "successful surgery."
"Cancer is not an easy thing to be diagnosed with, but they expect a full recovery if everything goes as planned," he said.
Making the diagnosis even more difficult was that it happened during the coronavirus quarantine, with friends, family, and co-workers having to send their best wishes in the form of phone calls, text messages, and "gift cards for food."
Hoffland says that he has been "blown away" by their support.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says that the average age for a testicular cancer diagnosis is 33, and it occurs in one in every 250 men.
Fortunately, the mortality rate is very low, with a man's lifetime risk of dying from testicular cancer being about 1 in 5,000.
Early symptoms of the cancer include a lump or swelling of the testicle, and aching in the lower belly, though the ACS notes that some men have no symptoms at all and the cancer is found during other procedures.