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Bowden felt free to go public after he left the FSU job.

“Now that I’m not coaching anymore I can get it out. I’m glad I’m able to do something,” he said.

Bowden’s last boss at Florida State, former university President T.K. Wetherell, has a more aggressive form of the disease and said Tuesday he was glad that Bowden had spoken about his experience. Wetherell, who was diagnosed in 2003, was at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Tuesday for treatment.

“One thing you learn, and Bowden is a good teacher, is that you don’t quit,” Wetherell said. “There really isn’t an option.”

“So many people don’t even understand it, particularly men,” said Wetherell, 65.

And that’s something that Bowden wants to change.

“We’ve got to get men aware of this and be sure they get to the doctor and get their checkup where they can discover it like they did me,” Bowden told AP. “If you get it early you can get it. If you wait too late, it’s too late.”

Bowden’s revelation was first reported in Tuesday’s edition of USA Today.