Gov. Jerry Brown Of California Has Prostate Cancer

Owen Poindexter
Jerry Brown, Governor of California, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Gov. Jerry Brown, 72, is expected to continue being California's governor without missing a beat. PHOTO: Reuters.

California's 72 year-old Governor Jerry Brown has prostate cancer. That's the bad news. The good news is that it seems relatively benign.

"Fortunately, this is early stage localized prostate cancer, which is being treated with a short course of conventional radiotherapy," the Democratic governor's oncologist, Dr. Eric Small, said in a statement. Adding, "the prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects."

This is actually not Brown's first bout with cancer. He had skin cancer last year, which also seems to be well contained. Brown won election in 2010, but this news makes it less likely that he will run for reelection in 2014.