Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet says cancer surgery a success

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WASHINGTON (KKTV) - U.S. Sen Michael Bennet has undergone successful surgery for prostate cancer, his office announced Friday,

The two-term senator announced at the beginning of the month that he had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer. He scheduled surgery for the Senate recess and said prior to the procedure that he hoped to have a clean bill of health following surgery.

His spokesperson released the following statement Friday:

"Last weekend, Michael underwent surgery and is recovering at his home in Colorado. His doctors report the surgery was completely successful and he requires no further treatment. Michael and his family deeply appreciate the well wishes and support from Coloradans and others across the country, and he looks forward to returning to work after the recess.”

Bennet has represented Colorado in the Senate since 2009. He has been considering a run for president but has yet to make an official announcement.

The 54-year-old senator told the Colorado Independent Wednesday that he had intended to announce his presidential bid in April and decided to get a physical beforehand. He told the website he still intends to run for presidency if he's cancer-free after surgery.

“Late last month, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While hearing news like this is never easy, I am fortunate it was detected early, and as a result, my prognosis is good. During the upcoming Senate recess, I will have surgery in Colorado and return to work following a brief recovery.

“The work we have in front of us to restore a politics that is worthy of our kids and grandkids has never been more important," Sen. Bennet said in a statement. "This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country, and I am even more committed to drive that conversation in a positive direction.”

Unlike several candidates in the 2020 race, Bennet opposes single-payer government health care. But he says in the wake of his cancer diagnosis that "the idea that the richest country in the world hasn't figured out how to have universal health care is beyond embarrassing."