North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis to have surgery for prostate cancer

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis announced on Monday he has prostate cancer and will have surgery next week. He said he expects to make a full recovery.

Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis announced Monday morning that he will have surgery next week for prostate cancer.

The surgery will take place in North Carolina and his prognosis was “good” since the cancer was detected “relatively early,” he said in a statement.

“I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery,” Tillis said. “I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are.”

Tillis, 60, won a second term in the U.S. Senate in November, defeating Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham. He previously served as speaker of the N.C. House.

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer among men behind non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: USA Today – Breaking News

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