Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank watches teams warm up before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill
February 09, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is planning surgery for what he says is a treatable form of prostate cancer.

Blank said in a statement posted on the team website on Tuesday he was diagnosed with the cancer in December. He says he has visited doctors ''across the country.'' He says ''the overall prognosis is good.''

The 73-year-old Blank, the co-founder of Home Depot, purchased the Falcons in 2002. He also owns the expansion MLS franchise Atlanta United FC, which will begin play in 2017. The soccer team will share the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, currently under construction, with the Falcons.

Blank is engaged to Angela Macuga and says he is looking forward to the wedding and continuing his active lifestyle.

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