Florida Rep. Bill Posey says he survived cancer

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida Rep. Bill Posey says he is cancer-free after undergoing surgery last year.

The 61-year-old freshman congressman said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last June and had surgery in December.

Posey, a Republican, told the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers editorial board Tuesday that he didn't want to draw attention to the disease during his campaign. Posey said he was concerned he would be defined by his medical condition.

In March, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz revealed she survived breast cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2007.

Wasserman Schultz said she underwent seven major surgeries in the past year, including a double mastectomy.

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