Matthew Toth Lebanon Daily News
In a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday, State Rep. Russ Diamond announced he was diagnosed with “a treatable form of prostate cancer.”
Diamond’s doctors made the diagnosis after regular screenings and checkup revealed abnormalities, the state representative said. The third-term GOP lawmaker serves the 102nd legislative district.
“In consultation with my doctors, I will undergo a procedure on Thursday, June 9 and will be working from home and voting remotely during my recovery,” his statement said.
Diamond was first elected to his House seat in 2014. His district includes Annville, Bethel, Cold Spring, Heidelberg, Jackson, Millcreek, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, Swatara, Union and West Lebanon townships and the boroughs of Cleona, Jonestown, Myerstown and Richland.
Currently seeking re-election to his district, Diamond also ran for lieutenant governor in the May primary but was unsuccessful. He finished seventh out of nine Republican candidates.
In his statement on Thursday, Diamond encouraged residents to make sure they get regular checkups with their doctors, and to be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment is possible. He also asked the public for prayers as he recovers.
“I am grateful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of the 102nd District,” he said.
Matthew Toth is a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DAMattToth