Pennsylvania Governor Announces Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Promotes Regular Screenings

"Why routine checkups actually matter."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that he has a treatable form of prostate cancer on Wednesday. Wolf made the announcement to the press along with his wife, Frances.

The governor described his prostate cancer as a "mild case" that was "easily treatable" in a Facebook video to the public.

"We don't need to be sad about this," his wife said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's every reason to believe and to know that this will be dealt with quite efficiently."

The 67-year-old first-term Democrat will begin treatment within the coming weeks, but added in a press release that it would not impair his "ability to perform my duties as governor."

He is also expected to take some time off to spend with his family before the treatment.

The governor emphasized that his doctors caught the prostate cancer early on, and his story serves as a reminder of the importance of cancer screenings.

"I found this in a routine checkup," he told reporters. "Because I had the routine checkup, it was detected early and I can do something about it. This is an example of why routine checkups actually matter and make a difference."

The American Cancer Society lists numerous screening guidelines so that doctors can find cancer before the symptoms begin. This includes men being screened for prostate cancer at age 50 and women starting screening for breast cancer as early as age 40. The organization recommends both sexes be screened for colon cancer at 50.

"We encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure you schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible," Frances Wolf said in a press release.