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Former US president Jimmy Carter has announced he is battling cancer

90-year-old Carter served as Democratic president between 1976 and 1980.

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FORMER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT of the United States Jimmy Carter has announced that he is suffering from cancer.

The 90-year-old former president made the announcement via his foundation the Carter Center.

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

I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.
A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.

Carter was the first democratic president to occupy the White House following the Watergate scandal that saw Republican Richard Nixon resign his office.

He served one term before losing to Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election, whose easy-going demeanour contrasted with Carter’s more introspective and serious personality.

In 2002 Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through the Carter Center.

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