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In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., leaves the chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Bennet says he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

SALT LAKE CITY — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer. But he’s not letting that stop him from a 2020 presidential run, CNN reports.

“While hearing news like this is never easy, I am fortunate it was detected early, and as a result, my prognosis is good,” Bennet said in a statement released on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Bennet said he will have surgery to remove his prostate gland when Congress heads to recess this spring beginning next week.

Bennet told the Colorado Independent he intended to announce his presidential bid in April. He wanted to get a physical beforehand, though.

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  • “The idea was to announce sometime in April,” Bennet said. “That was the plan. We hired some staff. We interviewed people for positions in New Hampshire and Iowa. And then I went for the physical. In my last physical, my PSA was high. They did a biopsy, and it was clear. But this time, it was not clear.
  • “That was 2-3 weeks ago. I was in San Francisco. Then the question became: Is this still something I wanted to do? I could answer the question in two ways. Maybe this would be a good time to give it up and go do something else. And the other was whether I could continue to run. I found myself hoping that I could run. That’s what the doctors have said. That’s what John Kerry and others learned.”

He said he still plans to run for office if he no longer has cancer when he’s done with the surgery.

  • “This unanticipated hurdle only reinforces how strongly I feel about contributing to the larger conversation about the future of our country,” he said in a statement.