Governor Dayton Plans to Finish Term Despite Cancer Diagnosis

January 24, 2017 10:18 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton revealed Tuesday at a press conference he has prostate cancer. However, Dayton plans to finish the final two years of his term. 

KSTP's Tom Hauser reports Dayton received the cancer news on Friday after having a biopsy last week after a PSA test came in at a high level.


The news comes one day after Dayton collapsed during his State of the State address.

RELATED: Dayton Eyes Fast Return to Work after Collapse During State of the State Address

Dayton said he will travel to Mayo Clinic on Tuesday afternoon for tests on why he fainted. He plans to return to Mayo next week to discuss cancer treatment options, which may include surgery or radiation. 

Dayton says he doesn't think his diagnosis with prostate cancer is connected with his collapse. He said he doesn't feel any discomfort from it and there's no indication the cancer has spread.

Dayton made the announcement after releasing the details of his budget proposal.

RELATED: Dayton Reveals $45.8B Budget Proposal Day after Collapse

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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