Sensenbrenner Announces He Is Being Treated for Prostate Cancer
Aug 31, 2009 -
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R- WI), today announced that he has been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer and is beginning treatment.
“In late July, during a routine checkup, my PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were found to be high, which can be an indicator of prostate cancer,” Sensenbrenner said. “After some additional testing was conducted, the doctor confirmed that I have an early stage of prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was caught in time, and the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate.”
The cure rate for Sensenbrenner’s cancer is 85-95 percent, according to Sensenbrenner’s doctor.
“Over the next several months I will undergo treatment, including radiation therapy,” Sensenbrenner said. “My treatments will have a minimal effect on my duties of serving the people of the Fifth Congressional District. I intend on maintaining my active schedule, both in Washington and in the District, and will still hold the numerous Town Hall Meetings that have been scheduled.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
“I urge men to have their prostate examined on an annual basis and have their PSA levels taken,” Sensenbrenner said. “Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in males, skin cancer is first. Early discovery is critical, and that is why the PSA test is so important. This disease is treatable and curable with early diagnosis,” Sensenbrenner said.
For more information on prostate cancer, visit the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute website at www.cancer.gov.