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Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks diagnosed with prostate cancer

Mo Brooks in Alabama. Photo: Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) announced on the House floor Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Brooks said he will get surgery on Friday and plans to recover over the holidays.

Earlier this year, Brooks lost the GOP Senate primary in Alabama, coming in third after Luther Strange and Roy Moore. Brooks said that loss may have saved his life. "Had I won... I would not have had a prostate biopsy. I would not now know about my 'high risk' prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery."

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