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Jimmy Carter Announces That He Has Cancer

Jimmy Carter speaks at an appearance in the West Bank on May 2.

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Former President Carter announced Wednesday in a statement released by the Carter Center that he’s been diagnosed with cancer:

Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.

Carter is 90.* All three of his siblings died in 1990 or earlier of pancreatic cancer; the disease contributed to both his parents’ deaths as well.

*Correction, August 12, 2015: This post originally misstated Carter’s age.