Earlier this week, former President Jimmy Carter underwent surgery to repair a broken hip after falling at his home in Plains. But this isn’t the politician’s first health scare. He’s been hospitalized a few times over the past several years.
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In August of 2015, he revealed he had melanoma, a skin cancer, that had spread to his liver and brain. At the time of the announcement, he said he felt “surprisingly at ease.”
To treat the four small spots of melanoma found on his brain, doctors used cutting edge immunotherapy. His surgeons also removed the cancer from his liver in an operation that took about 10 percent of the organ.
At last report, Carter showed no signs of cancer.
The oldest living president has an extensive family history of cancer. His three younger siblings, Gloria Spann, Billy Carter and Ruth Stapleton, all died of pancreatic cancer. And his mother had breast cancer that spread to her pancreas.
In 2017, Carter was hospitalized after he became dehydrated while working on a Habitat for Humanity build in Winnipeg, Canada. He was able to return to the Habitat site the next day.
Carter’s latest health scare occurred Monday morning as he was headed out to a hunting trip, according to Deanna Congileo, the Carters’ press secretary.
The 94-year-old broke his hip in a fall, but was recovering from surgery to repair it as of Monday afternoon. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus.
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