Former US president Jimmy Carter has cancer

Former US president Jimmy Carter says he has been diagnosed with cancer which has spread to rest of his body

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Jimmy Carter (90) diagnosed with cancer

Former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter (90) said on Wednesday that he was diagnosed with cancer following his liver surgery.

The 39th US Democrat president, who served during the years between 1977-1981 and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, said his cancer has reportedly spread to the rest of his body.

“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that is now in other parts of my body,” he said.

"I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment."

Carter’s both parents, two sisters and younger brother were all diagnosed with cancer, indicating that the disease runs in the family. Carter said his whole family smoked cigarettes, while he refrained from it.

He had reportedly undergone surgery last week to remove a small mass in his liver, with great results.

US President Barack Obama and the first lady sent their best wishes to Carter, and wished him “a fast and full recovery.”

“Jimmy, you're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” read Obama’s statement.

Carter who was an advocate of public democracy and rights, and pioneer of affordable housing during his rule, recently published his latest book titled, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.”

Carter was awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

Carter was among the most active figures in American politics, however his health at old age has been an issue of concern especially in recent months.

TRTWorld and agencies