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North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis announces he has prostate cancer but expects full recovery

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Sen. Thom Tillis announced on Monday that he has prostate cancer and will be getting surgery next week.

Tillis, a North Carolina Republican who just won reelection last fall, said in a statement that he expects “to make a full recovery.”

“Next week, I will have surgery in North Carolina to treat prostate cancer,” he said. “I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery.”

Tillis also noted he had no symptoms and reiterated the importance of getting routine screenings.

“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,” he said in a statement.

Adding that: “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, 60, just began serving his second term in the US Senate.

As the US Senate is split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans with Vice President Kamala Harris casting any tie breaking votes, any senator’s absence could shift the power dynamic.

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