In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Senate Consumer Protection subcommittee Chair Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asks questions during hearings in Washington.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill: ‘I have breast cancer’

Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill announced on her social media accounts that she has breast cancer on Monday, a disease she says was detected through a routine mammogram.

“I very recently learned that I have breast cancer. It was detected through a regular mammogram,” she wrote on her Tumblr account. “It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery.”

McCaskill, 62, said that she would spend the next three weeks in St. Louis receiving treatment.

She directed readers to her website for a record on how she would have voted on issues that may come before the Senate during her absence and plans on submitting questions for hearings she may miss. 

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Sen. Claire McCaskill: 'I have breast cancer'