Former US President Jimmy Carter has cancer

Carter PHOTO: John Angellillo/UPI/Landov

Carter PHOTO: John Angellillo/UPI/Landov

Former United States president, Jimmy Carter, on Wednesday  announced that he has cancer, which has spread to other parts of his body other than his liver which was initially affected.

According to a CNN report, Carter had a surgery earlier in this month during which  a ‘small mass’ was removed from his liver.

Though he was given a clean prognosis by his doctors initially, the former US president said, on Wednesday, that “recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body.”

In a statement, President Barack Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama “send our best wishes to President Carter for a fast and full recovery.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” Obama said.

According to CNN, Carter’s family has a history of cancer. Carter lost his father, brother and two sisters to the disease. His mother had breast cancer, which later moved to her pancreas.

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