Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer Has Lung Cancer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer has disclosed that he has lung cancer and expects to undergo surgery in Cheyenne next week.

The 68-year-old Meyer said he discovered the cancer about two weeks ago when he sought medical treatment for chest pain. He said doctors have told him that the tumor in his left lung is malignant but has not spread.

A Republican, Meyer is serving his third year as State Treasurer. He also has served as Wyoming Attorney General and Secretary of State.

Meyer and his wife, Mary, held a news conference at the state Capitol Tuesday to announce his medical condition. He said he expects to be back at work within four to six weeks. He intends to finish this term but hasn't decided whether to seek re-election next year.

Meyer said he's been a cigarette smoker for 45 years and believes that contributed to the cancer. He said he has tried to quit many times. Meyer also said there's also a history of cancer in his family.

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