- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

SINGAPORE (AP) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday he is free of prostate cancer after treatment.

The 63-year-old political leader is a two-time cancer survivor. He was treated for lymphoma more than two decades ago while serving as Singapore’s deputy prime minister and trade and industry minister.

Lee’s cancerous prostate gland was removed in February a month after the diagnosis. He took a week’s medical leave.

In a speech broadcast online for the May Day holiday, Lee said he had a follow-up blood test two weeks ago. “Results were good,” he said to members of his cabinet and thousands of union workers in attendance.

“Doctors gave me an all-clear,” he added.

Lee also in his speech paid tribute to his late father Lee Kuan Yew for his contributions to Singapore’s labor movement.

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died in March of pneumonia at age 91.

The younger Lee has been the city-state’s leader since 2004. He underwent chemotherapy in 1992 for lymphoma, a cancer that develops from white blood cells, and it went into remission after successful treatment.

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