(Washington D.C.-AP) -- U. S. Senator Saxby Chambliss confirmed that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is expected to make a full recovery.
Chambliss says the cancer was discovered during a routine physical exam. After news outlets in Atlanta reported the cancer rumor, Chambliss' office released a statement confirming the diagnosis.
The senator has no immediate plans to take time off for medical treatment. Chambliss says his diagnosis underscores the important of having annual physical checkups. The 60-year-old Chambliss is a lawyer from Moultrie who was elected to the U. S. House in 1994. In 2002, he defeated former Democratic Senator Max Cleland.
Chambliss is the second member of Georgia's congressional delegation to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the past year. Representative Jim Marshall, a Democrat from Macon, underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer last October.