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Ann Romney Diagnosed with Early-Stage Cancer

By Michael D. Shear
Ann Romney, the wife of former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, announced today that she was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy to remove the affected tissue.

In a statement, Romney said a lump was discovered last week during her annual mammogram at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She described the discovery as "technically not cancer but rather pre-cancer, as it has not become invasive." Doctors performed the lumpectomy today as an outpatient procedure.

"Mitt and I feel fortunate to have caught this so early," she wrote. "And, it reminds us how important it is for women to have regular mammograms. As in all cases of cancer, early detection is critical. Many families are facing medical hardships -- our hearts go out to all of you and also our wishes for healing holidays."

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was a leading contender to be the Republican presidential nominee, but lost that battle to Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Ann Romney made frequent appearances on the campaign trail and was often mentioned by her husband as he traveled the country. In one memorable story that he told often, the former governor said he asked Ann whether she would have imagined him running for president "in your wildest dreams." To which she answered, he said: "Mitt, you weren't in my wildest dreams."

Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, announced last year that her breast cancer had returned. Her cancer was much more advanced than Romney's.

Posted at 12:39 PM ET on Dec 5, 2008  | Category:  Mitt Romney
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