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Former US President Jimmy Carter announces recent surgery revealed cancer

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ATLANTA — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced Wednesday a recent surgery revealed that he has cancer.

"Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body," Carter, 90, said in a statement. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare."

The former president has surgery earlier this month to remove a small mass on his liver.

Carter said a more complete public statement will be made next week when there are more facts.

Carter was the nation's 39th president.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama "send our best wishes to President Carter for a fast and full recovery."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosalynn and the entire Carter family as they face this challenge with the same grace and determination that they have shown so many times before. Jimmy, you're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you," Obama said.