Minnesota Congressman Jim Hagedorn has said he has received good news in his two-year fight with kidney cancer.
Hagedorn, a Republican who was elected to Minnesota's 1st District in 2016, had his kidney and surrounding cancerous tissue removed in late December at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
“Two months ago they removed my kidney, and I’m very grateful that just this week, my doctor said no cancer [is] detected at this time,” he said during a speech for Kidney Cancer Awareness Month on the House floor Friday.
Hagedorn revealed in early 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in February 2019. A stage 4 diagnosis means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
The diagnosis, part of a routine check-up, came just six weeks after he took office.
Hagedorn encouraged others to continue seeing their doctor for cancer screenings.
“My cancer was found through a routine physical. I had no symptoms,” Hagedorn said. “And in this past year millions of Americans for whatever reason, coronavirus or otherwise, postponed or cancelled their doctors visits and aren’t getting their cancers screenings they were in the past.”