Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who is planning to run for president, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery.
Bennet disclosed his cancer battle in an interview with The Colorado Independent. And Politico reported he will have surgery during the April recess.
"This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country, and I am even more committed to drive that conversation in a positive direction," Bennet said.
He told the Independent his cancer was discovered during a routine physical as he prepared to announce his candidacy.
“The idea was to announce sometime in April,” Bennet said. “That was the plan. We hired some staff. We interviewed people for positions in New Hampshire and Iowa. And then I went for the physical. In my last physical, my PSA was high. They did a biopsy, and it was clear. But this time, it was not clear.
“In all honesty, I know nobody likes being told they have cancer, but I see myself as actually having been lucky. It was detected early. It is highly treatable. I feel lucky that the doctors found it. I feel lucky that I’ll probably be OK.”
And assuming he is cancer-free, Bennet still hopes to run for president in 2020.
“I’m 54,” Bennet said. “That’s relatively young. It seemed to make sense to have the prostate removed … If I’m not cancer free, then I’d have to make another decision.”
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