Romney treated over summer for prostate cancer, prognosis good

Mitt Romney talks with reporters after eating dinner with then President-elect Donald Trump at Jean Georges restaurant in New York

IS HE RUNNING: Mitt Leaks Medical History In Run Up To Utah Senate Race

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated over the summer after a prostate cancer diagnosis, Fox News has confirmed. "His prognosis is good; he was successfully treated".

One Romney aide said that he "was diagnosed with slow-growing prostate cancer".

Now with a clean bill of health, the former governor of MA is being encouraged to run for Utah Senator this year.

News of Romney's cancer treatment was first reported by CNN. A second person close to Romney, 70, said the treatment won't impact any attempt to run for the seat that Senator Orrin Hatch has held for almost four decades.

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Romney - who owns homes in both states - changed the location on his Twitter account from MA to Utah the day Hatch announced his retirement.

During his 2012 presidential campaign, Romney released a letter about his health from his longtime personal physician, Dr. Randall Gaz at Massachusetts General Hospital, who described the then-candidate as a "healthy appearing, energetic, strong, physically fit male". A White House aide said Trump wished him well. But when discovered early, before it has spread beyond the prostate, as apparently was the case with Romney, the survival rate is almost 100 percent, according to a database maintained by the National Cancer Institute.

Romney, 70, is in good heath and went skiing with family in recent days, this person said.

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