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“We can and will beat this disease.”

That was U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s sentiment during her announcement Friday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, but that she is now “cancer free” after undergoing extensive treatment.

In a statement, Jackson Lee stated she was had undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.

“I look forward to having many more years to enjoy my family, friends and to serve our community and nation,” Jackson Lee said. “Thank you for your concern and your support. This is just one more battle that I had to win and my strength is renewed. I especially want to thank my family for all of their support. I know my purpose — it is to use this challenge as an inspiration for the work that God calls me to do.”

Jackson Lee is serving in her ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents the 18th Congressional District in Houston. In the statement, she went on to add that earlier this year she introduced legislation to support research for triple-negative breast cancer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge all women to learn about this disease and participate in preventative measures so that you can detect it early and increase your odds of survival. We can and will beat this disease,” she said. “I join the many women, men, organizations and the healthcare community who are working to support all of those who continue to fight to survive cancer every day.”

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