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Attorney General Tim Fox undergoes colon cancer surgery

Attorney General Tim Fox

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is recovering from colon cancer surgery and expects to begin chemotherapy next month.

Despite the diagnosis, the Republican who has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2020, tells the Great Falls Tribune "that option and any other option in my life are still very viable."

He says he had 7 inches of his colon removed at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in late March and has an 80 percent chance of being cured due to early detection and great health care services.

Dr. Nate Buffington with the Montana Health Center for State Employees says Fox was fortunate because not everyone who is symptomatic of colon cancer has a good outcome.

Fox, who is 60, is using his story to encourage family members and co-workers to undergo recommended cancer screenings.

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