WASHINGTON (CNN) – Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner announced Monday that he is starting treatment for early stage prostate cancer, but said that it was "caught in time."
"In late July, during a routine checkup, my PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels were found to be high, which can be an indicator of prostate cancer," the Republican lawmaker said in a statement. "After some additional testing was conducted, the doctor confirmed that I have an early stage of prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was caught in time, and the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate."
Sensenbrenner called the disease "treatable and curable with early diagnosis" and encouraged all men to get tested annually. He said he will continue to maintain his legislative schedule throughout his treatment.
"Over the next several months I will undergo treatment, including radiation therapy," Sensenbrenner said. "My treatments will have a minimal effect on my duties of serving the people of the Fifth Congressional District. I intend on maintaining my active schedule, both in Washington and in the District, and will still hold the numerous Town Hall Meetings that have been scheduled."