Crooner Andy Williams Dies of Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer takes Andy Williams

(RxWiki News) Andy Williams, the legendary singer whose romantic melody “Moon River” became a stellar hit in the 1960s, has died of bladder cancer. He was 84.

According to People Magazine, 2012 was the smooth crooner’s 75th year in show business. In that time, he earned 17 gold and three platinum albums.

"See your doctor if you see any changes in your urine."

Williams opened the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri in 1992.

In late 2011, Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, assuring fans that he would beat it.

Bladder cancer, when caught early, is very treatable. However, if it’s not detected until later stages, the disease is difficult to overcome.

“There are two main types of bladder cancer. The most common form is non-invasive, but it tends to recur frequently and is not very often life-threatening though it can progress to a more serious form of cancer,” H. Barton Grossman, MD, FACS bladder cancer specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told dailyRx News in a recent interview.

“The other form of bladder cancer is more serious and dangerous because it can spread to other organs and can be lethal,” said Dr. Grossman, who is professor and deputy chairman of the department of urology at MD Anderson.

Bladder cancer is diagnosed in about 73,500 people in the U.S. every year, and nearly 15,000 individuals succumb to it.

Williams died at his home in Branson, Missouri. He is survived by his wife, Debbie, and three children.

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September 26, 2012