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Bill Nelson to undergo surgery for prostate cancer

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a Senate subcommittee hearing held in Miami Beach in 2014.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a Senate subcommittee hearing held in Miami Beach in 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson will undergo surgery in Washington D.C. on Monday to remove prostate cancer, his office said Thursday.

The disease was caught “early” as part of a routine exam, according to a statement from Ryan Brown, Nelson’s press secretary. The 72-year-old Democrat had no symptoms.

“Extensive scans showed no signs of the cancer spreading outside the prostate,” Brown said.

He added that the diagnosis won’t affect Nelson’s plan to seek re-election in 2018. He was first elected to the Senate in 2001.

“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,” Nelson said in the statement.

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