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Charlie Sheen's Dad: His Disease Is Like a Cancer

2/23/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, says his son has a problem -- and it's as bad as cancer.

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"He's an extraordinary man," Martin says of his son to Sky News, "He's doing well, we pray for him. If he had cancer, how would you treat him? This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up."

Charlie himself doesn't appear too worried -- he was spotted on a yacht date with two "goddesses" Monday night.


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46.

dd    

@28 happilywed I guess these people forgot how a lot of people get cancer. I hope they read what you wrote.

1274 days ago
47.

Tiffany    

Oh enough already! Martin Sheen is not saying addiction is the same thing as cancer. He's saying that addiction is a disease, which it is. And if your child had a disease, you'd try to help him, no matter what the disease. He didn't say, let's hold a telethon for poor Charlie. He's saying he's not going to write off his son because of his addiction. What's wrong with that?

All this righteous indignation is ridiculous! Get over yourselves........ and BTW, my mother died of cancer so don't even go there.

1274 days ago
48.

alexreager    

I guess he should have said, "like a cancer" and he would have avoided offending so many people.

Call it a disease. Because it is. But dont call it MS or Lou Gehrigs or cancer when its addiction.

1274 days ago
49.

cason    

come on people, he his just saying what anyone with a son like that would say. He's worried its his son for god sake. You people are ignorant!

1274 days ago
50.

Barbara    

Watch out Charlie....Emelio is looking way better than you now.

1274 days ago
51.

KenzieQ    

Charlie's disease is selfishness to the maximum degree. End of.

1274 days ago
52.

dd    

Emilio looks GREAT!

1274 days ago
53.

Physical Graffiti    

Is he for real?! It's not a disease...it's a self-indulgent bad habit of medicating yourself to deal with your emotions. Cancer patients can't pick up and put down their disease whenever they feel like it.
Outrageous!

1274 days ago
54.

Anya    

Martin is not helping anything by making stupid excuses for his son's actions. In reality he's making things worse.

1274 days ago
55.

Stratcat    

As a cancer survivor AND someone who has overcome addiction I am offended at Mr. Sheen's choice of words in his obvious state of denial he is in. Martin is an enabler who does not want to face the fact that his son is no different from a street junkie.

1274 days ago
56.

Ms_Tell    

These comments are a part of the problem with this disease, no one, including Charlie himself, treats it like the terrible disease it is. Granted, his handlers need to step up more, because with his resources, he can compensate far more than most people with such an advanced stage of addiction as he has. I am not saying he should not be held culpable, just that he really does need help for mental illness and addiction. He really is an amazing man with incredible talent, but he needs to get his demons under control, as they have been controlling him for too long.

1274 days ago
57.

jjmom22    

#54...neither can an addict!!!

1274 days ago
58.

Sue    

OMG as a 2x cancer survivor I'm so offended by this! There is no comparison whatsoever!

1274 days ago
59.

The Truth    

Martin Sheen feels guilty because he sexually abused charlie when Charlie was young and Martin was still getting loaded, Charlie told me and other people this many times.

1274 days ago
60.

carol    

Does Charlie Sheen have a mother somewhere? I never see her, hear from her or even know if one exists. Anybody know anything about who she is, where she is, if she exists? Curious.

1274 days ago
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