Sen. Bill Nelson's office says cancer surgery was successful

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Posted: Jul 13, 2015 5:48 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson's office says his surgery for prostate cancer has been a "complete success."

Nelson had the surgery Monday in Washington, five days after he publicly disclosed that he had prostate cancer.

The 72-year-old Florida Democrat had said the cancer was discovered early during a routine medical exam and scans showed no evidence that the cancer had spread.

When detected early, prostate cancer rarely causes death, according to the American Cancer Society.

Nelson said last week that the diagnosis wouldn't affect his plan to run for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate in 2018.