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Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer

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Sources close to Mitt Romney have told several news organizations that the former Massachusetts governor was successfully treated for prostate cancer over the summer.

Why it matters: Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch announced last week that he will retire at the end of this term, leaving an opening for Romney to replace him.

Statement, per CNN:

“Mitt Romney was treated over the summer for prostate cancer. He was treated surgically by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine Hospital in California. His prognosis is good; he was successfully treated.”