Alabama congressman announces cancer diagnosis (video)


On Wednesday, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) announced he has been diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer, and, by his estimation, his loss in the GOP Alabama Senate primary might have saved his life.

Brooks said that if he had won, he would not have gone for his annual physical, and the cancer would not have been found as early. Making a speech on the House floor, Brooks said his doctor told him swift action was required when giving Brooks the diagnosis on Halloween night.

“Had I won, I would not have had time for my physical and PSA test,” Brooks said. “I would not have had a prostate biopsy. I would not now know about my high-risk prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery. In retrospect, and paradoxically, losing the Senate race may have saved my life. Yes, God does work in mysterious ways.”

Brooks said that medical scans revealed no cancer beyond his prostate. Being cleared for surgery, Brooks said he will miss floor votes next week, as his surgery has been scheduled for Friday.

Brooks asked the public to remember to not take health or family for granted and suggested that when appropriate, due to age or risk factors, men should get Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) tests.

Brooks was one of nine candidates who ran to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate, finishing third behind eventual nominee Roy Moore and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R., Ala.) in the GOP primary in August. Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the special election held Tuesday night.

Watch Brooks’ announcement in the video below.

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