Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has cancer

Former U.S. President and Nobel peace laureate Jimmy Carter announced Wednesday that he has cancer. The cancer has already spread to other parts of his body.

His cancer was revealed after undergoing surgery on August 3 to remove a small mass in his liver.

According to a statement issued from the Carter Center Wednesday afternoon, he will be rearranging his schedule as necessary so he can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.

A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.

Carter was born in October 1924, and is a Democrat. He served as the 39th U.S. president from 1977 to 1981.

During his persidency, China and the United States formally established diplomatic relations.

He also played an important role during the peace talks between Egypt and Israel.

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