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Miss. Governor Has Cancer Again

November 12, 1998

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Gov. Kirk Fordice said Thursday he has cancer again five years after his diseased prostate was removed.

Fordice, 64, will begin radiation next month after a checkup last week uncovered residual cancer.

``There are lots of people who have gone through this same scenario, who have gone ahead and lived out a normal lifespan,″ said Fordice, the state’s first Republican governor this century.

``That’s what the doctor expects, and I have full confidence in him.″

Fordice is in his second term and he is ineligible to serve a third. His term expires in January 2000.

Well known for his outdoor hobbies, Fordice joked about his upcoming treatment.

``I’ve got to work it around some duck hunting. ... I won’t do it any other way,″ he said.

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