Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet to undergo surgery for prostate cancer

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet to undergo surgery for prostate cancer

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) mingles with constituents who came to Capitol Hill last month for a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee on the Colorado Outdoor & Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. [Courtesy: Rep. Carl Neguse (D-Colo.)]

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.

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