Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee announces ‘serious, but curable’ cancer diagnosis

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Michigan Democratic Representative. Dan Kildee He announced on Friday that he had been diagnosed with “severe but curable” cancer.

In a statement on Friday, Kildee revealed that he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils after what he “thought was a precautionary examination of swollen lymph nodes” with his doctor.

“The results, as it turned out, were much more significant,” Kildee said.

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Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee revealed in a statement Friday that he has squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils after what he had. "It was thought of as a preventive scan for enlarged lymph nodes" with his doctor.

Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee revealed in a statement Friday that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils after what he “thought was a preventative examination of swollen lymph nodes” with his doctor. (CQ-Roll Call / Getty Images)

“After additional testing, I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a serious but treatable form of cancer,” the Democratic congressman wrote. “Fortunately, I caught it very early. With early detection and excellent doctors, they found a very small tumor in one of my tonsils.”

“It’s never easy to hear the words that you have cancer,” Kildee continued. “But I know that many other families have had a cancer diagnosis.”

Kildee said he will have surgery to “remove the cancer” in the coming weeks, and that the “prognosis after surgery and treatment is excellent.”

The Michigan Democrat said his doctors advised him it would take “a few weeks” to recover from the surgery and that he was “eager to get this chapter behind him” and “get back to work.”

“But in the meantime, I’ll be away from the office for a while,” Kildy wrote. “My congressional office will remain open to serve the residents of Michigan’s 8th congressional district.”

He continued, “I will beat this. I will beat cancer.” “I appreciate the love of my family and my wife Jennifer, as well as the help of my extraordinary staff.”

“Thank you to my constituents and colleagues in Congress for your continued support,” he added.

Kildee has also released a video online talking about his diagnosis.

Democratic Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan wrote on Twitter of her support for Kildee amid his cancer diagnosis.

Stevens wrote, “I am praying for my friend and colleague from Michigan. Dan is a fighter – I have no doubt he will beat cancer.”

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“We all stand with him and his family at this difficult time,” she added.

Squamous cell carcinoma can take many forms and is a common form of skin cancer that is treatable if caught early, according to the Skin Cancer FoundationBut it can also occur in places like the mouth, throat, or lungs.

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