UPDATED: Senator Thom Tillis undergoes surgery for prostate cancer

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis [R - North Carolina]

United States Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Thursday he underwent surgery this week for prostate cancer, following his diagnosis last week.

“This week, I underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer. I’m thankful to the doctors and nurses who have provided me with outstanding care at every step of the way,” according to a post on Tillis’ Twitter account.

“As I recover over the coming days, I’m blessed to have Susan, my best friend and the love of my life, at my side. We are beyond grateful to everyone who has lifted us up in prayer and sent us well wishes. I look forward to returning to the Senate soon.”

The Republican from Huntersville, 60, said the cancer was caught using a routine screening test during his annual physical.

“I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery. I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are,” Tillis said in a statement issued March 29.

“I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis. Early detection can truly save lives.”

He won a second, six year term in the Senate in November, and previously served in the N.C. General Assembly. Tillis was Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2014.

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