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Bill Nelson to Have Prostate Cancer Surgery

Nelson plans to have surgery on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 13, after an early diagnosis of prostate cancer.  

"I’ve been blessed with good health, which has allowed me the great privilege of public service — and I look forward to continuing serving our country and Florida," the Democratic lawmaker said in a statement.  

Nelson, 72, is next up for re-election in 2018. His office told reporters Thursday the senator fully intends to seek another term.  

Nelson will be the second senator to have a procedure for prostate cancer in a matter of weeks. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, had surgery in Boston at the start of the July Fourth recess. King's wife said in a statement the surgery was a success.  

Nelson will have the procedure at a hospital in Washington, D.C.

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