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Dodd Announces Having Prostate Surgery

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Yesterday U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd announced in a press conference that he has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. The diagnosis was made in June after his annual physical.

Dodd, 65, made the announcement of his prostate cancer diagnosis with his wife Jackie at this side. He will be using the Senate recess to have surgery to remove his prostate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Dodd said, "I'm going to be fine," and added that he expects to return to his Senate duties after a couple of weeks of recovery. His doctor, Howard Scher, MD, says the "prognosis for his full recovery is excellent" in a statement released by Dodd's office.

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Dodd expects to spend a day or two in the hospital after his prostate surgery, followed by two weeks recuperating at home. The surgery and recovery will change plans for 2010 re-election campaigning, but he is adamant that his diagnosis will not derail the campaign.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2009. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. More than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.

The estimated 5-year survival rate is nearly 100% and the estimated 10-year survival rate is 96% for men in Senator Dodd’s age group.

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U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd's Press Release
Prostate Cancer Foundation