Norm Coleman, former US Senator and St. Paul mayor, says he has throat cancer

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Norm Coleman has cancer.

The former U.S. Senator, who represented Minnesota from 2003-2009, wrote in a private Facebook post Monday he was diagnosed with throat cancer, MPR News reports.

The 66-year-old called it "very treatable" while noting the prognosis is "extremely positive," the Pioneer Press writes.

He was diagnosed after having a sore throat for a long period of time, then noticing a lump on his neck, the Star Tribune writes.

He's being treated at the Mayo Clinic, KSTP notes, but expects to continue working throughout.

Prior to his stint as a U.S. lawmaker, Coleman served as mayor of St. Paul from 1994-2002. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002 on the Republican ticket, defeating Walter Mondale – a replacement for incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash just days before the election.

Coleman very narrowly lost to current Sen. Al Franken in the 2008 election, after a recount that took months to complete.

Coleman now serves as chairman of the American Action Network – which describes itself as a center-right politically leaning "action tank." He's also Of Counsel with the Hogan Lovells law firm.

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