Jessica Simpson and her family were hit with hard news this year. A rep tells People magazine Simpson's father, Joe Simpson, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer two months ago. The 58-year-old is recovering from a successful surgery and is already back working as a photographer. A source close to the Simpson family says the diagnosis was a blessing in disguise.

"It has opened his eyes to eating healthier and exercising. This diagnosis has brought Joe and his family together and reminded him that what matters most is family," the source tells E.T.

Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson Ross were devastated after learning the news

The Simpson sisters were torn after learning their father was diagnosed with prostate cancer two months ago. But a source tells People magazine his family has rallied with him and are supportive. The former pastor is keeping his faith in God.

Joe is recovering well and is back working

Despite the unexpected cancer scare, Jessica's father has kept busy with work. The Simpson patriarch recently shot a campaign for Clinique.

He photographed reality star Brandi Glanville and actress Ava Sambora. Papa Simpson heads to Japan for another gig next week. The photographer held his first photography exhibit in Los Angeles in May. Both of his daughters came out to support their dad's new venture. Aside from his photography business, he also runs a fashion line. Control Sector is a contemporary street wear fashion brand based in New York City.

Before getting into the fashion industry, Simpson managed his daughter's careers and was a pastor.

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men in their lifetime

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The organization estimates in 2016 alone there will be 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer and 26,120 deaths. The disease develops particularly in older men.

Roughly 6 of 10 cases occur in men 65 or older. The American Cancer Society states it's rare to receive a diagnoses before the age of 40. The average age is 66.

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