LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Congressman Randy Neugebauer announced Wednesday morning that he is being treated in Washington, D.C. for prostate cancer. The congressman says during his annual physical exam doctors determined his PSA levels were elevated which is a test used to detect prostate cancer.
A biopsy in August showed Neugebauer had an early stage of prostate cancer. He went into an operating room shortly after 1:30 Wednesday to have his prostate gland removed. He was in surgery for two and a half hours and is now resting.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men and the congressman in a statement says he hopes his experience will inspire early detection. "I hope this experience will motivate men to get their PSA levels checked yearly. It is the very reason why the doctors were able to catch my cancer in such an early and treatable stage," says Neugebauer in a statement.
He expects to stay in the hospital for a few days after Wednesday's surgery. The good news is he is expected to make a full recovery.
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