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Published on August 12th, 2015 |

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Jimmy Carter diagnosed with cancer after having liver surgery

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Former U.S. President Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was diagnosed with cancer after having liver surgery, he announced Wednesday on The Carter Center Website.

Carter’s full statement reads: “Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.”

On August 3, Carter had surgery to remove what the center called a “small mass in his liver.” At the time, the center said that “the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery.”

Carter, 90, served as the 39th president, from 1977 to 1981. Post-presidency, Carter has been best known for his worldwide philanthropic efforts.

In 1984, he started the Carter Center to advance human rights worldwide. According to its website, the center “has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care.”

Carter travels worldwide negotiating peace deals and overseeing elections.
Along with his wife, he is heavily involved in Habitat For Humanity. For one week a year, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project builds and improves homes while raising awareness for affordable housing.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Carter is the second-oldest living president behind George H.W. Bush.

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