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Paraguay's President Lugo diagnosed with cancer

By the CNN Wire Staff
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is a former bishop of the Catholic Church.
Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is a former bishop of the Catholic Church.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Cancer was detected at an early stage
  • NEW: Lugo to travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for treatment
  • Diagnosed with lymphoma
  • Health minister revealed the diagnosis
RELATED TOPICS
  • Fernando Lugo
  • Paraguay
  • Cancer

Asuncion, Paraguay (CNN) -- Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer affecting the immune system, Health Minister Esperanza Martinez said Friday in a news conference.

The cancer, known as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was detected at an early stage, Martinez said.

Lugo will likely travel Tuesday to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for treatment, she said.

The 59-year-old president is a former bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. His five-year term is slated to end in August 2013.

According to the American Cancer Society, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4 percent of all cancers.

Since the 1970s, the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has nearly doubled, it said.

Though survival rates vary based on the type of lymphoma and stage of disease at diagnosis, the overall five-year relative survival rate for people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is 65 percent; the 10-year relative survival is 54 percent, it said.

Journalist Sanie Lopez contributed to this article.

 
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