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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

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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.