Sen. Mazie Hirono announced Tuesday she has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and will undergo surgery.
"I will continue working during my recovery, and look forward to returning to the Senate as soon as possible," the Hawaii Democrat said in a statement, which she later shared on Twitter. "I face this fight with the same determination I've fought for the people of Hawaii. And I never quit, especially when things get tough."
Hirono, who has served as a US senator since 2013, said her doctor discovered an abnormality on a chest X-ray, and after a series of tests determined it was kidney cancer, which is also present in her seventh rib.
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