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The BBC's Jane Hughes in New York
"A man who almost never takes time off work"
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Thursday, 27 April, 2000, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Giuliani diagnosed with cancer

Mayor Giuliani is expected to run for the US Senate later this year
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has announced that he has been diagnosed with "treatable" form of prostate cancer.

Mr Giuliani said the cancer had been detected at a very early stage. He does not need immediate surgery and is otherwise in perfect health for a man of his age.


I hope that I will be able to run

Rudolph Giuliani

Mr Giuliani broke the news at a press conference on Thursday following press reports that he had been to hospital for cancer tests.

Mr Giuliani was spotted entering the Guggenheim Pavilion of Mount Sinai Medical Centre on Wednesday morning. The New York Post reported that he left three hours later.

NY1, a cable news station, said Mr Giuliani was called back to the medical centre for a second round of tests following an annual screening for prostate cancer.

"Since yesterday when I went to Mount Sinai and a reporter saw me going in and figured out that I went in for a prostate test I though it would be better to reveal what I know of it," Mr Giuliani said.

Good and bad news

"Obviously the bad news is that there is cancer but the good news is that there are lots of possible options and it is going to take a while to determine what the best one is to bring about a complete cure," he said.

Rudolph Giuliani
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He added that his father had also suffered from the condition, but the mayor said his condition has been diagnosed at a much earlier stage than his father's.

Mr Giuliani is in his second term as Republican mayor for New York City, and is expected to run against first lady Hillary Clinton in this year's senate race for the state.

The vote is not until November, but already a high profile campaign is underway.

Asked whether his condition will effect his decision to run for the senate, Mr Giuliani said: "I hope that I will be able to run."

"In fairness to me, the Senate race, the Republican Party and to all the parties and everybody else you need some time to think about it. I really need to know what the course of treatment is going to be," Mr Giuliani said.

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