U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill diagnosed with breast cancer

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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will take a leave of absence for several weeks to receive treatment, the senator says, adding that she expects to make a full recovery.

“I very recently learned that I have breast cancer. It was detected through a regular mammogram,” McCaskill said in a statement. “It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery. I will be in St Louis for the next 3 weeks receiving treatment.”

The senator added that her staff will continue to work on her behalf to assist Missourians, and McCaskill herself will post updates on her website to let her constituents know how she would have voted on matters that come before the Senate during her absence.

“I’ll be submitting questions in writing for any missed Senate hearings,” she added.

McCaskill served in the Missouri House of Representatives for 5 years in the 1980s, and later served as the state’s Auditor from 1999 until 2007, during which she launched an unsuccessful bid to become governor. In 2007 she took office as the U.S. Senator from Missouri.

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