MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will receive treatment for a malignancy discovered on her lung.

Ivey said Thursday that the cancer is treatable and will not prevent her from serving as governor.

The 74-year-old Republican says the spot was discovered in a routine exam and called it a tiny, isolated malignancy.

Ivey said she will have an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will have radiation treatments.

In a statement, Ivey says she feels lucky the cancer was caught early and "confident of God's plan and purpose for my life."

Ivey says she announced the diagnosis because she always intends to "shoot straight" with voters.

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