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AMHERST - Veteran Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey is stepping away from the political arena for a bit to deal with a personal health issue.

AMHERST - Veteran Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey is stepping away from the political arena for a bit to deal with a personal health issue.

Casey, an independent MP since being thrown out of the Conservative caucus for voting against the budget last summer, confirmed Tuesday that he is battling prostate cancer.

"I'm having an operation on Thursday and hopefully they'll get it removed," Casey said. "I'll be out of the office for six weeks."

The 62-year-old Casey said the cancer was diagnosed during a routine blood test.

"I had no symptoms of prostate cancer and I have never felt better in my life. I had a routine blood check and it showed my PSA was up. The did another one and it was still up, so they did a biopsy and found it," Casey said. "There's a message here and that's to get it checked regularly because you may feel great but this could be there."

Casey first had a brush with cancer in June 206 after attending a parliamentary clinic organized by the wife of the late MP Chuck Cadman. During that clinic a cancerous growth the size of a loonie was discovered on Casey's back and removed the very next day.

Cadman, a former parliamentary colleague of Casey's, died in July 2005 from malignant melanoma.

It was from this experience that Casey has had regular blood tests.

"I had no indication that I had anything wrong with me then, either. But because of that, I have had regular blood tests and this popped up," Casey said. "If there's something positive about it it's that people will be encouraged to do this."

While he'll be out of the political spotlight for awhile, Casey said he'll be keeping in touch with staff and still plans to run as an Independent in the next federal election. If the government falls while he's off, it's something he worry about then.

"Right now my main focus is on my health. It's something that's out of my control, but it hasn't changed my plans to run," Casey said.

dcole@amherstdaily.com


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  • Scotty
    January 18, 2010 - 11:16

    Wishing you well Bill, and please take it easy for awhile while you are focusing on your health. You are an unselfish gentleman to use your own personal story to send the message to all about how important regular blood tests are. Good Luck!

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:49

    Wishing for a quick and complete recovery

  • Ray
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    I wish Mr. Casey well. He is a man who is for the people. He stands for what he believes in. Perhaps now he should contact Rick Simpson of Maccan to help with his cancer rather than confiding in the mainstream medical community. A full cure for Mr. Casey would shake the foundation of the constitution & send a clear message to Canada which would bring real help for many who die needlessly from cancer.