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Dayton to undergo surgery at Mayo on March 2

Gov. Mark Dayton announced this morning he will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on March 2 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

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Governor Mark Dayton
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Gov. Mark Dayton announced this morning he will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on March 2 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Dayton announced his decision on his personal Facebook page this morning. The 70-year-old governor was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Tests showed that the cancer has not spread beyond his prostate. Dayton had been deciding whether to move ahead with surgery or radiation.

"I have decided upon surgery to remove my prostate and, hopefully, all of the cancer," Dayton wrote on Facebook. "It is presently scheduled for the morning of Thursday, March 2nd, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I am told that I will likely need to spend one night in the hospital; however, after the surgery, I will be in constant contact with Lt. Governor Tina Smith and my senior staff throughout my time at Mayo."

Dayton said he has been heartened by the response he has received since going public with his cancer diagnosis.

"Many friends and strangers have shared with me their experiences dealing with prostate cancer. You have lifted my spirits and given me both hope and resolve. I am deeply grateful to you," Dayton wrote.

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