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King Will Have Surgery for Prostate Cancer (Video)

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Sen. Angus King will undergo surgery this week to address a prostate cancer diagnosis he received earlier this year.  

The Maine independent said the prostate cancer was detected early, as was skin cancer some 40 years ago from which he fully recovered.  

"And once again, early detection during an annual physical put me on the path to wellness. This time, during an annual check-up this spring, my doctors caught prostate cancer. And, after studying all of my options, and in consultation with my doctors and my family, I’ve decided to have surgery at the end of this week to remove the cancer," King said in a statement.  

King Will Have Surgery for Prostate Cancer

According to King's office, the surgery is scheduled to take place Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. It will coincide with the start of the July Fourth recess.  

"Let's face it; cancer is a scary word to hear. So it might seem unusual to say this, but today, I actually feel pretty fortunate. The fact is, millions of Americans bravely and quietly fight more aggressive cancers than mine every day. Many of them do so in the face of great financial hardship and without the support of their friends and family," King said. "I cannot imagine the strength it must take to carry on against that kind of adversity."  

"In my case, the doctors found my cancer early. We have a plan to treat it, and plan for a full recovery. So when you see me on the Senate floor in a couple of weeks, or during the August work period in Maine, or on the campaign trail in a couple of years, you will see that I’m back to work with as much energy and dedication to serving you that I promised nearly three years ago. And, I will return with a renewed sense of commitment to standing up for the people of Maine," King said in the Monday statement.

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