FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018 file photo, Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez attends a military ceremony in Montevideo, Uruguay. Vazquez announced at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

Uruguay's president says he has lung cancer

August 20, 2019 - 9:19 pm

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez has announced that he has cancer and will have a more complete diagnosis in coming days.

Vázquez said Tuesday: "In a tomographic study, a right pulmonary nodule was found, with very clear characteristics that it could be malignant."

The president said he feels good and has not felt any symptoms related to the disease. He expects to have a broader picture of his prospects and possible treatments after undergoing additional exams.

Vázquez, 79, is set to be in office until March 2020. He is an oncologist.

On several occasions, he has said he chose the profession after his parents and a sister died from cancer.

His wife, María Auxiliadora Delgado, died three weeks ago. Local media said the cause was a heart attack.

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