Juan Manuel Santos Health Scare: Colombian President Heading To US For Cancer Screening Tests

President Juan Manuel Santos
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a press statement with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on November 2, 2016 in London, United Kingdom This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Queen Elizabeth. Getty Images

President Juan Manuel Santos has made headline recently for his work at reaching a peace deal between government officials and the FARC rebel group in Colombia. While he has been devoted to making Colombia a better country, it is being reported that his health may be suffering.

According to FOX News Latino, President Santos underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his prostate in 2012,when he went to a hospital in Bogotá Tuesday for further tests after clinical exams, signs of a possible relapse was the result.

El Tiempo reports that after the checkup, doctors at the Santa Fe Foundation reported that Santos reported an increase in “prostate antigen,” a protein that when it becomes elevated becomes a marker for cancer patients.

In a press conference, the physicians who examined him said that the president should undergo further testing and recommended that he travel to the Oncology Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Although cancer is very scary, President Santos is optimistic about the future. After knowing the results, Santos said he is confident that "the results of these new tests will be positive." 

While his visit is strictly focused on his health, President Santos plans to meet with representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties to discuss the new peace agreement reached with the FARC guerrillas, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize just last month.

President Santos is expected to travel to the U.S. on Wednesday and will be given tests on Thursday. He will return back to Colombia on Friday.


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