US Rep. John Barrow diagnosed with prostate cancer

WASHINGTON (WTOC) - U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer.

Barrow will start radiation therapy in late July to treat the condition, and his doctors expect a full recovery, according to a news release. The radiation treatment will go into the August Congressional recess.

The disease was discovered during a routine screening as part of Barrow's annual physical exam.

"Cancer is something you never want to hear your doctor say," said Barrow in a statement. "But I'm very lucky to be living in an age of early detection and effective treatments.  The good news is that the doctors expect a full recovery, and the therapy will not affect my ability to work."

Barrow is under the care of Dr. Donald Bridges of Rockville, Md.

His office cites the American Cancer Society, which states that nearly 99 percent of those diagnosed with prostate cancer have a five-year relative survival rate.

"Figures like this give everyone with prostate cancer good reason for hope," Barrow said in his statement.  "One reason why this number is so high is because more and more men are getting regular prostate screenings.  Early detection is the key to beating this disease.  Routine prostate screening probably saved my life, and it could save yours."

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