- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Angus King of Maine says he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Friday.

The 71-year-old independent says the cancer was discovered early, during a routine annual checkup. It has not spread and he says he expects to make a full recovery.

King says Maine residents should expect to see him back on the Senate floor within weeks and back on the campaign trail when he runs for re-election to a second term in 2018.

The only difference, he said in a statement, is that “my poor little prostate won’t be along for the ride.”

King also disclosed Monday that as a young man 40 years ago he was successfully treated for malignant melanoma. He says that outbreak and the prostate cancer are unrelated.

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