U.S. Senator Bill Nelson To Undergo Prostate Cancer On Monday

By  //  July 9, 2015

cancer detected in an early stage

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will have surgery Monday in Washington for prostate cancer, though his office said the cancer was detected in an early stage.

Nelson, 72, said in a statement released Thursday that the diagnosis does not affect his plans to run for a fourth term in 2018.

“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,” he said in the statement.

The information released by Nelson’s office said doctors found the cancer during a routine medical exam and that scans did not show any signs of the cancer spreading outside the prostate.

Nelson has held political offices for more than four decades and is the only Democratic statewide elected official in Florida.