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Michael C. Hall's Brave Cancer Battle: It Killed My Father at 39

Actor Michael C. Hall poses during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Actor Michael C. Hall poses during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival September 15, 2010. (Matt Carr/Getty Images) Matt Carr/Getty Images

(CBS) Michael C. Hall, the popular TV serial killer Dexter, always believed he would be a victim of an early death.

"I think I've been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: Would I live that long? What would that be like?" he told the New York Times.

Hall's father died of prostate cancer when he was 39.

All the more shocking then, that Hall, who turned 39 in February, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year.

"To discover that I had the Hodgkin's was alarming," he told the paper. "But at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: Wow. Huh. How interesting."

Hall reportedly kept his diagnoses a secret while he was filming the fourth season of his hit show "Dexter." According to the Times, he began treatment the day after he wrapped and now claims the disease is in remission.

Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system - part of the immune system. According to the Mayo Clinic the symptoms include

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss -- as much as 10 percent or more of your body weight
  • Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol

In the past, the disease was almost certainly fatal, but today the trick is catching it early. According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 95 percent of people with stage I and II survive for five years or more with proper treatment.

As for Hall, he told the Times he underwent chemotherapy and now has more energy than ever. His on screen victims better watch out.

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