Sensenbrenner Diagnosed With Early Stage Prostate Cancer

Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:52am

Updated: 1:59 p.m.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and is beginning treatment, the 16-term lawmaker said Monday in a statement.

Sensenbrenner, 66, said his treatment, which will include radiation, will only have a minimal effect on his Congressional duties and he will continue to maintain his current work schedule, including hosting town halls in his district.

“In late July, during a routine checkup, my PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were found to be high, which can be an indicator of prostate cancer,— Sensenbrenner said in a statement. “After some additional testing was conducted, the doctor confirmed that I have an early stage of prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was caught in time, and the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate.—

Sensenbrenner’s doctor said the cure rate is between 85 and 95 percent, according to the statement.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) also recently underwent surgery for prostate cancer.

“I urge men to have their prostate examined on an annual basis and have their PSA levels taken,— Sensenbrenner said. “Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in males, skin cancer is first. Early discovery is critical, and that is why the PSA test is so important. This disease is treatable and curable with early diagnosis,— Sensenbrenner said.

Sensenbrenner separately announced that he would run for re-election, saying he wanted to “continue to battle to improve our economy, restore jobs and reduce government spending.—