Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has a treatable form of prostate cancer, he revealed Wednesday.
The cancer was "thankfully detected early" after a doctor's check-up revealed abnormalities, Wolf said in a statement. The governor will begin treatment in the coming weeks.
"Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor. Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family," he said in the statement.
Wolf, 67, added that he was thankful his doctors caught the cancer quickly, and in a news conference later Wednesday with his wife Frances by his side, he urged his constituents to schedule regular check-ups with their own doctors.
"This is an example of why routine check-ups matter," he said.
Prostate cancer typically responds well to treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent. Treatment varies, but may include radiation or surgery.
Wolf did not say what type of treatment he would receive, but insisted it would be "routine."
Frances Wolf said at Wednesday's news conference that doctors have been encouraging.
"We have no reason to be sad about this," she said.