Gov. Walker: Prostate cancer diagnosis ‘has not and will not’ impair ability to perform duties

Update | 1:37 p.m.

The governor’s office is providing live video coverage of his press availability in Anchorage here.

KTVA and KTUU are also providing live coverage.

Original story | 12:47 p.m.

Gov. Bill Walker on April 18. 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
Gov. Bill Walker on April 18. 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Just after noon today, Gov. Bill Walker announced he’s been diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer.

He’ll have surgery in December to remove it and does not expect to need post-surgery treatment, he said.

In a written statement, he said, the diagnosis “has not and will not impair” his ability to perform his duties as governor.

He says he had no symptoms, and caught it through a regular checkup, which he urges Alaskans to schedule for early detection and treatment.

The governor plans to hold a press availability at 1:30 p.m. on the subject in Anchorage.

Come back to this post for a live stream of the press availability. 

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

I dig into questions about the forces and institutions that shape Juneau, big and small, delightful and outrageous. What stirs you up about how Juneau is built and how the city works?

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