WASHINGTON – Sen. Michael Bennet has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery during the two-week congressional recess later this month, the Colorado Democrat revealed Wednesday night.
“Late last month, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While hearing news like this is never easy, I am fortunate it was detected early, and as a result, my prognosis is good. During the upcoming Senate recess, I will have surgery in Colorado and return to work following a brief recovery,” Bennet said in a statement.
Bennet, who is considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate, went on to suggest the diagnosis would not play into that decision.
“This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country, and I am even more committed to drive that conversation in a positive direction.”
Bennet, 54, has served in the Senate since 2009. He is considered a staunch progressive and an outspoken opponent of the Trump administration.