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Longtime Tennessee congressman diagnosed with cancer

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U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.

KNOXVILLE (AP) - Longtime U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. says he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Duncan told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/203FGe4 ) on Tuesday that the cancer was found six or seven months ago during a routine exam. He said doctors have decided no treatment is necessary at this stage after tests showed the cancer is isolated.

The Knoxville Republican said he doesn't feel sick and hasn't missed work other than for regular medical appointments.

Duncan said he took the diagnosis seriously because his father died of prostate cancer in 1988. Former U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr. was 69 at the time of his death, a year older than his son is now.

The congressman was elected to succeed his father in Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District during a special election in 1988. He is running for another two-year term in November.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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