Former President Jimmy Carter has announced he was diagnosed with cancer. The announcement came Wednesday.
“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”
Emory University is based in Atlanta, in Carter’s home state of Georgia.
The statement came through the Carter Center.
The Carter Center was founded upon his leaving office in 1981. The Center promotes healthcare and democracy, among other global issues and is located in Atlanta.
Carter recently has been speculated to have some health issues. Although he has remained overall in good health.
He left early from a trip to Guyana due to him “not feeling well”. Carter also had surgery recently to remove a small mass from his liver.
Carter is now 90 years old, the second oldest president; following George H W Bush at 91. Carter is the 39th president and served one term as President until he was defeated by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you’re as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you,” President Obama said in a statement.
Carter is frequently brought up on the campaign trail by Republicans who connect him and his policies to President Obama. Although his numbers have rebounded, Carter left office unpopular and his administration was plagued by numerous problems, including the Iranian hostage crisis and an energy crisis.