Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced on Monday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery to treat the illness in short order.
“Next week, I will have surgery in North Carolina to treat prostate cancer. I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery,” he said.
“I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are,” Tillis added.
“I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis. Early detection can truly save lives.”
Next week, I will have surgery in North Carolina to treat prostate cancer. I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/HxdQuSyVtI
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) March 29, 2021
The 60-year-old senator was first elected in 2014. He won his reelection against Democrat Cal Cunningham in 2020.
Tillis also tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020. The diagnosis took place soon after attending an event celebrating the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court nominee.
Among the notable accomplishments of Tillis in Senate was his effort to increase pay for military service members in 2019. He has also served as a strong opponent of sanctuary cities, introducing the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act in 2019.
The senator hopes the earlier diagnosis and surgery will lead to a full recovery. Updates will be provided as available at the senator’s website.