Jimmy Carter

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Former President Jimmy Carter has revealed that after a recent surgery, cancer was found to have spread into other parts of his body. However, the 39th president did not say what specific type of cancer he has. 

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," a statement released today read. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week."

Earlier this month, NBC News reported that Carter, 90, had a small mass removed from his liver—The Carter Center said this was an elective procedure and that he was expected to make a full recovery.

Carter, president of the United States from 1977 to 1981, is one of five living presidents, and the second oldest to former President George H.W. Bush. Bush, too, had a health scare last month when he was hospitalized for breaking a bone in his neck after falling at his home in Maine. 

Carter's family has a history of pancreatic cancer, with his father, both his sisters and his brother dying of pancreatic cancer. His mother had pancreatic cancer as well.

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