Prominent Chicago-based preacher Bishop Larry D. Trotter has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The Senior Pastor of the Windy City’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church disclosed the medical challenge to his congregation and associate churches this week.
Bishop Trotter’s initial diagnosis came during his annual physical in March and was confirmed by follow-up tests. Doctors told Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in the earliest stages and that his prognosis is good.
“Thanks to routine screening this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” said Bishop Trotter. “After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery. Additionally, I am encouraged that God will heal me of this as he has done other illnesses in the past. Sweet Holy Spirit Church and friends are fighting with and for me, ‘I know a Man!'”
Bishop Trotter has pledged to become a public voice and an advocate for early testing for Prostate Cancer.
Prostate cancer has become relatively common with more than 200,000 men diagnosed each year. About one in six men develop the disease but far fewer – about one in 33 – die from it.
Prostate cancer is generally slow growing and can be detected through routine tests, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
A month after his cancer surgery, Bishop Trotter’s church choir will release their latest CD, “Praise Unlimited.” The disc, which is led by the first single, ‘I Know a Man,’ will hit stores on June 25.