Mo Brooks reveals prostate cancer diagnosis, surgery on Friday

Martha and Mo Brooks thank supporters in Huntsville Alabama Tuesday evening Aug. 15th

"God does work in mysterious ways", he said.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) announced on Wednesday on the House floor that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will likely be missing votes in the coming week.

"Mr. Speaker, this is a very hard speech for me to give", Brooks said to the House.

He hopes to return to Congress in early January.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Wednesday morning he will undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer. He shared that 71 percent of prostate cancer patients die in less than five years if the cancer spreads beyond the abdominal cavity.

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The congressman said that he was revealing his diagnosis to explain why he might not be able to cast his votes during next week's House votes, which would cover the Republican tax overhaul bill and an end of the year spending package that would prevent a government shutdown after December 22. He also said that, if he had won the primary for U.S. Senate in the summer, he would not have scheduled the physical that led to the diagnosis.

Choking back emotion at times, Brooks said the revelation today was "a hard speech for me to give".

"In retrospect, and paradoxically, losing the Senate race may have saved my life!" he said. It was an "emotional" conversation, Brooks said, and he felt very alone when he had hung up the phone.

He was informed about the cancer when his doctor called on Halloween. Luther Strange, who both went on to a run-off. I would not now know about my high-risk prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery.

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