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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 02:54 AM

Colombia’s Santos to Have Surgery to Remove Prostate Tumor

Source: Bloomberg News

Colombia’s Santos to Have Surgery to Remove Prostate Tumor
By Oscar Medina - Oct 2, 2012 12:01 AM CT

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced yesterday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery tomorrow.

Santos, in a speech posted on the presidency’s website, said the procedure to remove the small, non-aggressive tumor will be conducted while he is under local anesthetic so that he won’t lose consciousness. Vice President Angelino Garzon spent time in intensive care in June following a stroke.

“This surgery is annoying, but easy and routine. Fortunately the tumor was discovered very early,” Santos said.

The 61-year-old president said he will continue to work while he remains hospitalized for “some days.” He said that he has a 97 percent chance of a complete cure and that his life isn’t in danger.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-02/colombia-s-santos-to-have-surgery-to-remove-prostate-tumor.html

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