Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, the second in command among Senate Republicans, announced this morning that he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Libous, 56, who was first elected to the Senate in 1988, said a routine PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test during his annual physical exam showed elevated levels of the antigen that is used in detecting prostate cancer. Follow-up tests confirmed the diagnosis.
In his release, Libous pointed out that the American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men behind skin cancer and that about one in every six men will get it.
“I have every confidence in my doctors and I’m very, very fortunate to have a strong, supportive family to help me keep on fighting…and winning,” he said.
Libous helped lead the leadership coup in the Senate in June, leading the floor fight June 8 that voted out the Democratic majority. He also leads the Senate campaign committee.
“When you feel great, you don’t expect to hear your doctor tell you that you have prostate cancer,” he said. “So it just goes to show that annual exams are definitely worth the hassle and discomfort. This is exactly why they’re needed. They can save your life.”