March 5, 2024

Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, listens during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for Denis McDonough, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to President Joe Biden, in Washington, DC on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to 2021.

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Senator Thom Tillis has prostate cancer and will have surgery to treat it next week, he announced on Monday.

“I am in the hands of excellent medical professionals and I await a full recovery,” the North Carolina Republican said in a statement.

The 60-year-old Tillis won the election for his second term of six years in November. The senator said he had no symptoms and the cancer was found early after testing during an annual physical procedure.

“Early detection can really save lives,” he said.

Tillis traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of Republican senators last week.

The entire Senate will not meet again until mid-April. It is unclear whether Tillis will miss any votes in the Senate, where each major party has 50 seats.

Before winning the 2014 Senate election, Tillis was a speaker at the North Carolina State House.

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