John Kerry: Prostate Cancer No Match for Once Presidential Candidate

news_15_Artboard 343 copy 190 American diplomat and Democratic Party politician John Kerry entered his race for President of the United States in 2002 eventually losing to George W. Bush in the 2004 election. But in the midst of the often tumultuous campaign, Kerry was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The politician did not let the diagnosis stop him nor did he use the disease as a ploy for sympathy or votes. It was early 2003 when Kerry announced to the nation that he had prostate cancer. The politician was aware of the disease because his father died with it at age 85, and Kerry had been regimented to physical exams every six months, exercising regularly and eating healthy, despite the demands of his career and the campaign. In December of 2002, his concern became reality.

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"Overnight, I had to put the brakes on and put my health first, halting my travel and speaking schedule," Kerry said in an interview with Coping magazine. "Teresa (wife) and I researched all the options. After learning that radiation wasn’t a fail-safe option, I decided to go the surgical route. My dad had radiation, and I saw what it did to him and how tiring it was."

At age 59, the diagnoses and subsequent

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