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Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer, Revealed By Recent Surgery

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Aug 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:42:18-04

ATLANTA (AP) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he has cancer and has been set to undergo treatment at an Atlanta hospital.

Carter announced the diagnosis in a statement from the Carter Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Carter, age 90, had surgery earlier in August to remove a small mass in his liver. He says in Wednesday's statement that the surgery revealed the cancer.

Carter said he will rearrange his schedule to be treated at Emory Healthcare. He said a more complete public statement was set to be issued next week when more details are known.

Carter was the nation's 39th president. After leaving the White House, he founded the center in Atlanta in 1982 to promote health care, democracy and other issues globally. 

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