Correction: A previous version of this article said Rep. Kildee had a form of skin cancer. It is actually in his tonsil. We regret the error, which has since been corrected.
FLINT, Mich. (WLNS) — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has been diagnosed with cancer, he said.
“A few weeks ago, after consulting with my doctors, I scheduled what I thought was a preventive scan for a swollen lymph node. The results, it turns out, were more significant,” Kildee said in a Friday statement. “After additional testing, I’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a serious but curable form of cancer. Thankfully, I caught it very early. With early detection and great doctors, they found a very small tumor in one of my tonsils.”
He also stated that he will have surgery to remove the cancer in the coming weeks, saying “the prognosis after surgery and treatment is excellent.”
Kildee also thanked his wife Jennifer Kildee his constituents and his colleagues in Congress.
Kildee, D-Flint, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Republican Jim Slezak, and has been reelected several times since. Before his tenure in Congress, Kildee co-founded and served as the president of the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit that works on urban land reform.