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WPEN, Philadelphia AM Host John Kincade Announces Cancer Diagnosis

On Friday (5/12), WPEN, Philadelphia “97.5 The Fanatic” morning host John Kincade told his listeners he’s been diagnosed with colon cancer. He posted the following statement on the station’s website: “Unfortunately, my relatives have a PHD in dealing with cancer as it has ravaged the Kincade family over the years. It’s one of the reasons that I am so proud to partner with the AACR, the American Association of Cancer Research, since the start of ‘The John Kincade Show.’ Earlier in my career, my 20-year association helping to raise moneyim for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was also an important endeavor. I knew personally how cancer affects the lives of the patient and their families. It has been a passion and I’ve been blessed with many years of good health. I didn’t expect in 2023 that we would be having this conversation. After feeling lethargic, exhausted and experiencing some strange weight gain I had blamed it on a recent change of medication. Instead my blood work showed tremendous blood loss and levels of iron and hemoglobin that were dangerously low. We still believed that it would reveal an ulcer or a stomach tear that was being irritated by the new medication causing the bleed. We scheduled a short hospital stay to have all my tests in one day. It’s 76ers playoffs and I needed to get back to work quickly! The colonoscopy revealed the cancer and a subsequent CT Scan has given us some optimism that this cancer journey will end successfully. I have a great support system within the walls of Beasley Broadcasting from the Executive Suite to the interns. I feel blessed that everyone has already rallied behind me at ‘The Fanatic’ to make sure I succeed in this battle. My sponsors have always shown me such loyalty and support. I’m going to do my best to continue to deliver for them. I work with an excellent team on ‘The John Kincade Show’ and I’ve asked them to do everything possible to keep things as normal as possible. With our crew, normal is of course up to interpretation.”