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Bill Nelson cancer-free; “Our prayers have been answered,” wife says

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s doctors informed him Monday that he is cancer-free as a result of prostate surgery last week.

“Our prayers have been answered,” said the Florida senator’s wife of 43 years, Grace, in a prepared statement. “The pathology report confirms Bill is completely free of cancer.

“We’re humbled and grateful for all your prayers and well wishes,” Grace Nelson added. “Bill is raring to go but the doctors won’t let him out of the house for a few more days.”

A routine test revealed Nelson had prostate cancer, and doctors performed surgery this past Monday. Doctors say regular checkups and early detection are keys to treating prostate cancer successfully.

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