Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin today made an announcement regarding his health, with McLaughlin saying he will remain on the job for the county as he battles an illness.
“In recent weeks, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My doctors are mapping out a course for treatment and recovery which we will be pursuing,” said McLaughlin.
“Fortunately, my doctors believe they detected the prostate cancer early and believe there is a very good chance of beating back the cancer,” he added.
“My plan is stay on the job as County Executive and continue to do the work the people elected me to do,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin, 59, said he is also urging residents to get a medical check-up to improve the chances of early detection and treatment. Statistics show that 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
“My diagnosis is a reminder of how prevalent prostate cancer is, and that so many are at risk for diseases of this type. Early detection can save lives and beat cancer. I urge everyone to get a preventative check-up with their doctor to stay healthy and detect early,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin said further information on his course of treatment will be made in the coming weeks.
“We have had a successful year here, with our fifth consecutive property tax reduction, important service improvements and continued to see investment and growth in the county. We are going to beat this, and in the meantime, I wish everyone Merry Christmas and the best of the holiday season,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin’s physician, Dr. Russell Wenacur, also commented on the prostate cancer diagnosis recently received by the County Executive.
“I can confirm that Steve has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that a comprehensive and aggressive treatment plan is being developed. Steve’s cancer appears to have been found early, and with aggressive treatment, will likely lead to an optimal outcome,” said Dr. Wenacur.