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Israeli PM fit to govern despite prostate cancer scare

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Israeli PM fit to govern despite prostate cancer scare


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced he has prostate cancer, but that he is still fit to govern. He told reporters at a news conference in Jerusalem that doctors had diagnosed a small growth in its early stages that can be removed with a brief surgical intervention.

The 62-year old is not expected to need any radiation therapy, and his personal doctor gives him a 95 percent chance of making a full recovery. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed among men, but if detected early can usually be treated successfully.

Olmert – described as a fitness fanatic – took office at the beginning of 2006 after his predecessor Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke. That led to calls for more openness regarding the health of the country’s leader.

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