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    Default Ronnie James Dio Didn't Have To Die

    (Rock AAA) Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell singer Ronnie James Dio would still be alive today if he'd had a medical check-up while his bandmates had theirs, says friend and bandmate Geezer Butler.

    Dio died of cancer in May last year after a six-month battle against the disease. But Butler says the frontman had stage-four stomach cancer by the time it was discovered and it was already too late for him.

    The bassist tells Noisecreep: "By the time Ronnie was diagnosed it was inoperable. The doctor hinted it was just a matter of time and there was nothing they could do. They said if he'd gone in for a check-up a year or two earlier they could have treated him."

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    Yes this is very sad to know... So sad he had to die...
    "I am the crazy man who lives inside your head, but I think I'm breaking through the wall... You are the innocent convicted of the crime, no one was ever there to catch you when you fall" (1992)
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    Very sad, miss you Ronnie Dio. May God rest your soul..........

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    That's life man...sometimes things are just too late...it is really sad that this happened to Ronnie of all people...I was taken way too early...I still miss him like crazy, every day.

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    I do not want to sound like a downer here, but that is pure speculation. He might have had better odds of beating the cancer, but there is no guarentee he would still be with us.

    My mother in law passed of cancer in August of 2010. They told her she had a 60% survival rate, and that she would have at least 18 - 24 months to live. She died 1 month after being told this.

    Cancer is a nasty, and I pray for all who have it, and that those who do not never have to go through it. One thing is for certain, my MIL and RJD are both in a better place.
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    Hindsight is always 20/20

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    Stomach cancer is extremely hard to beat. It's among the worst cancers.
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    Non-concur, unfortunately.

    My mother-in-law battled breast cancer for years, it was known early on that she had it, and she still succumbed to it.

    My dad, though, was one of those who never went to the doctor and by the time he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer it was too late. Less than two years after diagnosis he was gone.
    He is not here. He has risen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sn0wb1ind0zzy View Post
    Hindsight is always 20/20
    Dead on.

    Even if Dio had chosen to go for an earlier control check-up (even before any symptoms had appeared), we'll never know what the outcome could have been. Better chances of health maybe, but still life is uncertain. Dio has passed away from this life, all we are left with are our grand memories of and with him and the bitter afterthought of what could have been if this and that. It's TOO LATE. I still can't believe he's passed away, I see Dio every day with me on the picture hanging on the wall of my living room, I can hear Dio sing whenever I want to. Dio is with me even though he's gone.

    Some people suffer from cancer for several years, some people get vicious relapses throughout the years etc. Maybe Dio chose not to ruin the (glorious) twilight years of his career and put his final musical goals on the backburner by going to treatments and all, maybe he just wanted to rock as long as he possibly could, never mind anything else. But that's just speculation, I have no certainity of that.

    However, one thing is sure: Dio was born and bred to rock and he did just that as long as he could, extending his high-quality performance way beyond common capabilities. 67 and what a great singer he was all the way until the end!!! And even during his last performances, NO-ONE in the audience knew he had pains to deal with along with the challenge of performing a high-level show. Even in severe pain and agony, he gave his everything for his fans. THE #1 METAL WARRIOR
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabbathman View Post
    Dead on.

    Even if Dio had chosen to go for an earlier control check-up (even before any symptoms had appeared), we'll never know what the outcome could have been. Better chances of health maybe, but still life is uncertain. Dio has passed away from this life, all we are left with are our grand memories of and with him and the bitter afterthought of what could have been if this and that. It's TOO LATE. I still can't believe he's passed away, I see Dio every day with me on the picture hanging on the wall of my living room, I can hear Dio sing whenever I want to. Dio is with me even though he's gone.

    Some people suffer from cancer for several years, some people get vicious relapses throughout the years etc. Maybe Dio chose not to ruin the (glorious) twilight years of his career and put his final musical goals on the backburner by going to treatments and all, maybe he just wanted to rock as long as he possibly could, never mind anything else. But that's just speculation, I have no certainity of that.

    However, one thing is sure: Dio was born and bred to rock and he did just that as long as he could, extending his high-quality performance way beyond common capabilities. 67 and what a great singer he was all the way until the end!!! And even during his last performances, NO-ONE in the audience knew he had pains to deal with along with the challenge of performing a high-level show. Even in severe pain and agony, he gave his everything for his fans. THE #1 METAL WARRIOR
    Well said.

    Cancer is a very unpredictible disease. I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 1998 she battled it for three years and it even went into remission for a little while before coming back and taking her. She was only 50 and younger than Ronnie. My grandfather had bladder cancer in 2007 and he was given a good bill of health after the treatments but it came back on him and he passed away from it last month at the age of 90.

    Could Ronnie have lived if he got checked out and it was caught in the early stages? It's very possible but no matter what age you are and how quickly it's detected, cancer is a killer and the toughest thing in the world to beat.
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    They just tell you that you're on your own
    Fill your head all full of lies

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    I agree with what most have said. My mom battled lung cancer for 3 years before she died. My brother-in-law was diagnosed Nov. 09 and in December they gave him his last rites and my sister was going to pull the plug. She decided to wait and give it another week. Well as of today my BIL is still alive. He still has Cancer and he will die from it at some point but to go from last rites to where he is now words just can't describe. Cancer is horrible and it is something to take very seriously. So we will never know if Dio would have gotten better had he gone sooner.

    But I think the thing we all should take from this is, let's not all be macho and ignore our aches and pains and our doctors. Let's not ignore the warning signs.It may turn out to be nothing major. Or it could mean something very serious. It may not prolonger our life or even save us, but it might help the quality of our life. I have been dealing with some pain in my leg for the past week. Guess who has a Dr. appointment tomorrow.
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    I don't think anyone can say with 100% certainty that early detection would have saved Dio's life, but there's always a chance that it COULD have. A routine check-up never hurt anyone and as we get older and the years take their toll one really should get it done regularly just to make sure that everything's still working as it should.

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    Very well put, Sir Kenneth.

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    Wow guys. This was meant as a lesson for men who don't get regular checkups like they should. It dosen't help matters to say he would have died anyway. Colonoscopies along with other checkups are extremely important and it's foolhearty to brush them off.

    Here's a list off all the stuff we need to keep up with...

    Annually:

    * Blood pressure check.
    * Prostate exam and PSA blood test.
    * CRP and fasting blood fat levels (triglycerides) and glucose levels, checking for diabetes and increased coronary risk.
    * Urine tests check for infections, kidney problems, and diabetes.
    * Fecal occult blood test.
    * Skin cancer exam - the entire skin is checked closely for irregular or changing moles, lesions, or blemishes, usually red, white or blue in color.
    * Exams for other potential cancers such as: skin, testicular, oral cavity, lymph nodes, and thyroid.
    * Flu vaccination, annually for certain adults age 65+.
    * Hepatitis vaccination if traveling to certain countries or medical and emergency workers exposed to hepatitis transmission.
    * Health counseling about physical activity, diet and nutrition, healthy weight, safety, substance use, sun exposure, depression, sexual practices, potential occupational exposures and other healthy lifestyle issues.

    Every 2 years:

    * Consult an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) every two years for vision and glaucoma testing.

    Every 5 years:

    * Cholesterol check including total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol, at least every five years, more often if high.
    * Sigmoidoscopy checks the health of the rectum and lower colon.
    * Stress electrocardiograms (ECGs) check the status of the heart.

    Every 10 years:

    * Colonoscopy
    * Tetanus booster.
    * Pneumonia vaccination at age 65 or as directed by your doctor.

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    It's so sad how things has to be the way it should be.

    We miss you dearly Ronnie, R.I.P.
    Rest in Peace Mr. Padavona, your music will live forever.

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