Law­maker plan­ning ’20 run de­spite can­cer

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

DEN­VER – Colorado Sen. Michael Ben­net said he doesn’t ex­pect a di­ag­no­sis of prostate can­cer will keep him from join­ing the al­ready crowded Demo­cratic field for pres­i­dent in 2020.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to run­ning in 2020,” Ben­net said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sun­day. “This ob­vi­ously was un­ex­pected. But we caught it early. It’s some­thing that I think we’re go­ing to be able to treat. And I don’t think it should keep me off the trail.”

Ben­net an­nounced last week that the can­cer was dis­cov­ered dur­ing a screen­ing and that he plans to have surgery when Congress re­cesses this month, fol­lowed by a few weeks of re­cov­ery. “I would like to get on with this,” he said on CNN. About one in nine Amer­i­can men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer dur­ing his life­time.

“It was de­tected early, and as a re­sult, my prog­no­sis is good,” Ben­net said when he an­nounced the di­ag­no­sis.

– Bloomberg News

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