Gov. Chris Gregoire issued a statement this afternoon on her husband Mike Gregoire who underwent surgery after a routine colonoscopy detected cancer of the colon. The governor said that while her husband remains in the hospital “thanks to early detection, he is expected to make a full recovery.”
Here is her statement:
“Yesterday, my family received a scary but important reminder about the importance of screening for early detection of cancer. During my husband Mike’s colonoscopy, doctors discovered colon cancer. Prior to the screening, Mike showed no symptoms and was never in pain. He was immediately scheduled for surgery, and doctors say they were able to remove the cancerous portion of the colon. While Mike remains in the hospital, thanks to early detection, he is expected to make a full recovery.
“This has been a difficult time for our family. It is all too reminiscent of a time eight years ago when I learned I suffered from breast cancer. I, too, made a full recovery thanks to early detection. There are a number of cancer screenings which are effective in detecting certain cancers early – when they are most preventable. Mike, I, and our two daughters can’t stress enough the importance of learning about, and undergoing cancer screening tests.”