Senator Thom Tillis says he has prostate cancer, will have surgery next week

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis [R – North Carolina]

United States Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina announced Monday he has prostate cancer.

The Republican from Huntersville, 60, said the cancer was caught using a routine screening test during his annual physical.

“I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery. 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 said in a statement.

“I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis. Early detection can truly save lives.”

Tillis said he will have surgery next week in North Carolina and expects to fully recover.

He won a second, six year term in the Senate in November, and previously served in the N.C. General Assembly. Tillis was Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2014.

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