President Carter announced his illness to the public today.
In the midst of what may be one of the most controversial presidential elections of all time, President Carter, an outspoken but gentle hearted President, has said that he is battling cancer. He issued a brief statement through his spokesperson and the Carter Center just moments ago:
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"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter said in the statement. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare."
The statement does not give many details about the prognosis, but it does make it clear that Carter's cancer is widely spread. It also does not talk about where it originated, or even if that is known at this point. The liver is often a place where cancer spreads and less commonly is the primary source of it. CNN has said that further information will be provided when more facts are known, "possibly next week."
Just last week Carter announced that he would have to get surgery, but not much attention was played as it was rumored to be minor.
Carter, 90, was the nation's 39th president. After leaving the White House, he founded the center in Atlanta in 1982 to promote health care, democracy and other issues globally.
He has been extremely active in the last few years, but hasn't made a lot of statements about politics. Rather, he talks about social issues and advocates for those who are less fortunate. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo called the surgery earlier this month "elective" and said Carter's "prognosis is excellent for a full recovery."
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