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Tue Nov 8, 2016, 09:30 AM

Gov. Walker diagnosed with treatable prostate cancer

ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday that he has a treatable form of prostate cancer, but said it won’t prevent him from performing his duties as governor.

Walker, 65, told reporters that he was diagnosed two weeks ago. He will undergo a three-hour surgical procedure in another state in December but did not name the state or the hospital.

Walker said he has consulted with the state attorney general, and the Alaska Constitution gives Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott the authority to make decisions for the state during that period if needed.

Walker said there were several options presented to him to fight the cancer, and he chose surgery because it’s “one-time, and I want to be done with this as soon as possible.”

Read more: http://juneauempire.com/state/2016-11-04/gov-walker-diagnosed-treatable-prostate-cancer

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