Young Republican congressman announces cancer diagnosis, doctor says he’s ‘incredibly healthy’

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), the 41-year-old congressman from New York who is his party’s most likely nominee for the governorship next year, just announced he’s in remission after fighting a cancer battle.

According to The Hill, Zeldin announced over the weekend that roughly nine months ago, he was diagnosed with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Thankfully, Zeldin caught the condition early enough that doctors successfully treated it, as Zeldin announced he is in remission and feeling healthy. 

Zeldin issued a statement on the shocking development through his campaign website, emphasizing that he’s in good shape.

“Through early detection, last November, I was diagnosed with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). I then began treatment with an immediately positive response and no side effects,” Zeldin wrote.

He added: “Over the last 9 months, I have achieved complete remission, am expected to live a normal life, and my doctor says I currently have no evidence of this disease in my system. My health is phenomenal and I continue to operate at 110%.”

Luckily for Zeldin, CML, especially if caught early, typically doesn’t lead to serious consequences in about 90% of those who have it, as long as it’s properly treated.

The young politician has a lot riding on his future, as he’s already been selected as the presumptive gubernatorial nominee by his state’s Republican Party.

However, announcing a cancer scare — or any health scare — doesn’t come without the risk of losing confidence from some voters who might be scared off by a critical health issue, like cancer. Given Zeldin’s youth and clean bill of health from his doctor, he’ll likely not suffer much in the way of political consequences.

Though Zeldin also faces an uphill battle in his upcoming bid to take the governor’s mansion, as New York doesn’t typically elected GOP governors, the recent scandal involving the disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gives the party some level of increased chances for a victory.