Prostate cancer afflicts Israeli PM Olmert
Speaking to a packed news conference in Jerusalem on Monday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he has prostate cancer and would soon have surgery, but said the disease is not life-threatening and he would continue to perform his duties.I will be able to carry out my duties fully before the treatment and within hours afterward," Olmert said. "My doctors ... informed me that there is a full chance of recovery and there is nothing about the tumor which is life-threatening or liable to impair my performance or my ability to carry out the mission which has been bestowed upon me."Olmert further added that it is a matter of a microscopic growth, it hasn't spread and can be removed by a short surgical procedure. Olmert, 62, took office in January 2006 after his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, suffered a debilitating stroke. Olmert announceded the news of his illness calmly, speaking for about three minutes to the media and therafter handed over the podium to his medical team.
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