Montana Attorney General Tim Fox revealed Monday that he had a cancerous part of his colon surgically eliminated lower than three weeks in the past – and that he’ll bear chemotherapy for additional most cancers therapy.
Fox mentioned he returned to work final week, is feeling nicely, and needs to get the phrase out that individuals ought to get routine well being checkups.
“Certainly I didn’t want to get cancer, didn’t know I was going to get cancer,” he instructed MTN News. “But what a great way to get the message out that people ought to take care of themselves and get their health screenings.”
Fox, 60, who’s virtually halfway by his second time period as lawyer normal, mentioned he wasn’t feeling nicely in late February and went in for a checkup on the state worker well being clinic in Helena.
His doctor instructed a colonoscopy, which confirmed that Fox had colon most cancers. A number of weeks later, on March 29, he had surgical procedure on the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to take away a seven-inch part of his colon.
Tests additionally revealed that Fox had some cancerous cells in a lymph node, so he’ll bear chemotherapy therapy sooner or later.
Fox mentioned he returned to work April 9.
“My energy’s high, I’m walking five miles a day,” he mentioned in an interview at his Helena workplace. “I expect a full recovery.”
Fox, a Republican, has been talked about as a doable candidate for governor in 2020, when time period limits stop him from working for re-election as lawyer normal.
He mentioned Monday that he nonetheless has a “deep passion for public service,” and that he’s not ruling out something sooner or later.
“I have a lot left to be done here at the attorney general’s office, and really, I can’t afford to be sick, and so I don’t plan to be sick,” he mentioned.
A brand new, surprising merchandise on the agenda will likely be encouraging folks to get their well being checkups and common screenings, to catch any issues early, after they’re treatable, he mentioned.
“One of my brothers had never had a checkup or a colonoscopy, and he’s now had one, last week, and they found a polyp that has to be removed surgically,” Fox mentioned. “He’ll have the same procedure I had, but fortunately, his doesn’t show any cancer.”
Fox was first elected as lawyer normal in 2012 and received re-election in 2016.