Thursday, 16 August 2007

Baseball steroid investigator George Mitchell has cancer

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George Mitchell, the man leading an independent investigation of steroid use among Major League Baseball players -- he's also a former U.S. Senate Majority Leader -- has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"The cancer is small, low grade and localized, and can be effectively treated and cured,'' says Mitchell's physician, The prognosis is very good for Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine.

Mitchell, 73, said in a statement that he expects his treatment will not interfere with his investigation that began in March 2006 when he was appointed by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to interview hundreds of people and review thousands of documents.

"The investigation, which is in its final phases, will be completed in the coming months and neither the substance nor the timing of the report will be affected in any way,'' Mitchell said.

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