Earlier, we exclusively reported provincial New Democrat leader Carole James has been diagnosed with uterine cancer. A news release from the party, which was originally scheduled to be released at 3:00 today, has now been sent to the press pack confirming the diagnosis. According to the release, Ms. James will be undergoing surgey at the end of July. She is quoted as saying, "As a result, in addition to my planned vacation, I will be taking some extra time for recovery this summer before resuming my normal work schedule in September." The following is a complete copy of that release.
From: Matten, Jaime
Sent: 13 July 2006 13:59
Subject: NDP Media Release - Statement from Carole James
For immediate release
July 13, 2006
Statement from Carole James
Leader of the Official Opposition, Carole James, today released the following statement: "I want to take this opportunity to inform British Columbians that I was recently diagnosed with localized uterine endometrial cancer following a routine medical exam. My doctor has advised treatment and I will be undergoing surgery at the end of July.
"As a result, in addition to my planned vacation, I will be taking some extra time for recovery this summer before resuming my normal work schedule in September.
"I have been advised that recovery rates for this form of cancer are very high. I'm confident that treatment will be successful and look forward to getting back to work serving British Columbians in my role as Leader of BC's Official Opposition.â€
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NDP House Leader Mike Farnworth will be available for comment today at 3:30pm at his community office in Port Coquitlam
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