Connecticut senator Christopher Dodd Diagnosed with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

July 31, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Connecticut senator Christopher Dodd announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. Dodd said he was diagnosed about six weeks ago as part of his annual physical exam. His prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, level was elevated and a biopsy was ordered. “The biopsy came back and confirmed I had prostate cancer,” Dodd said.

The five-term Democratic senator will undergo surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City during the August recess, and still intends to run for re-election in November of 2010. “It’s something that’s very common among men my age,” Dodd—the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee—said. Using his own health crisis as a springboard to talk about the need for health care reform, Dodd said he was lucky to have comprehensive health care coverage that included an annual exam, where his cancer was detected.

“I’m fortunate as a member of Congress to have those benefits,” he said.  The National Cancer Institute estimates that 192,280 men will be diagnosed in 2009, and 27,360 will die from the disease.

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