Olmert Has Prostate Cancer

Diagnosis won't interfere with work, Israeli PM promises, as peace talks loom
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2007 7:07 AM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a ceremony in Hiriya landfill near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will announce on Monday that he has prostate cancer, but...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has prostate cancer, he announced today, and will undergo minor surgery to treat it. He said his medical condition is not life-threatening and would not affect his ability to govern. “From what my doctors have told me, this is a microscopic growth that can be removed with a brief surgical intervention,” he said.

Olmert said the public had “the right to know” about his condition. His predecessor, Ariel Sharon, who was disabled by a stroke, was criticized for not disclosing his health issues sooner, Reuters notes. The announcement comes as Olmert is engaged in difficult talks in advance of next month's US-sponsored Mideast peace conference.