Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis publicly
ATLANTA- Former President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis for the first time since announcing his illness.
Carter is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning in Atlanta. The event is closed to the public.
The 90-year-old announced this month that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. The three-sentence statement didn't identify the type of cancer or where it originated.
Carter was the nation's 39th president, defeating Gerald Ford in 1976. Ronald Reagan succeeded him in 1980 after a landslide victory. Carter rebuilt his career as a humanitarian, founding the Carter Center in 1982 to focus on global health care and democracy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
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