HARRISBURG, Feb. 24, 2016 – After learning today that Gov. Tom Wolf has developed prostate cancer, state Sen. Vincent Hughes said he wished the governor a speedy recovery from what has become the most common cancer for men.

“It’s never easy to deal with all of life’s responsibilities when you have a disease that demands your immediate attention. It doesn’t matter if you are a governor or an accountant,” Sen. Hughes said. “My prayer is that Gov. Wolf’s doctors have caught his prostate cancer early and the treatment will be all that he needs to put this behind him.

“I know First Lady Frances Wolf and his family will be a huge source of emotional support. Gov. Wolf should remember that we, and millions of Pennsylvanians, are pulling for his fast recovery and the continuation of a long and fruitful life.”

According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer has no early symptoms while advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or cause a weaker urine flow.

“While we extend our love and support for the governor during his treatment and recovery, the clear message for all men – especially African-American men who are more susceptible to prostate cancer – is to talk to your doctor about this and get tested for the disease before it becomes an obvious problem,” Sen. Hughes said.


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