Published On: Mon, Oct 1st, 2012

Santos will undergo surgery

BOGOTA - The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, announced on Monday that he will undergo surgery on Wednesday of a small cancerous tumor in the prostate, which said it was located "just in time" with a probability of 97% healing.

 "We agreed to do the surgery for next Wednesday" in Bogota, Santos said Monday at a press conference in which he revealed to have a "small tumor in the prostate."

The president, 61, explained that the operation will be performed with "regional anesthesia" and that even though he should rest a few days and continue to exercise "at all times" he will continue his duties as President.

"I am calm for having detected the cancer just in time thanks to discipline and get tested every year. This gives a 97% chance of being completely cured, "said Santos.

"My doctors have been very clear. This situation does not compromise my physical and my overall health. “I have only been recommended that after surgery, when you leave the hospital, do not travel in a few weeks", he said.

However, Santos confirmed that this Monday he will be attending the Third Summit of South American and Arab countries in Lima and will return to Bogota on Tuesday after lunch.

Last week, Santos was in the U.S. and went to New York at the UN General Assembly.


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