Alabama Republican Mo Brooks Says He Has Prostate Cancer

Martha and Mo Brooks thank supporters in Huntsville Alabama Tuesday evening Aug. 15th

Martha and Mo Brooks thank supporters in Huntsville Alabama Tuesday evening Aug. 15th

The morning after a monumental election in Alabama, one of the state's highest-profile lawmakers, Rep. Mo Brooks, revealed he has "high-risk" prostate cancer.

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., tweeted that Brooks would be undergoing surgery this week to treat the cancer: "My thoughts are with Mo and his family during this challenging time", Roby said.

Brooks said if he had won the primary, he wouldn't have scheduled the physical that led to the diagnosis.

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Brooks came up short in October's Republican primary to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' U.S. Senate seat.

Choking back emotion at times, Brooks said the revelation today was "a hard speech for me to give".

He added, 'God works in mysterious ways'.

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On Tuesday's election, in which Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore, Brooks says "I am very glad it is behind us". "That night was one of the loneliest nights apart in our 41-year marriage".

On Twitter, Brooks wrote on Wednesday morning, 'Martha and I are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for our family during this hard time and are optimistic for a full and speedy recovery'.

Brooks said his father and grandfather both had the condition, and that is why he took seriously and followed up on a spike in a recent test for the level of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in his blood.

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"Congressman and Mrs. Brooks are very grateful for all of the texts, calls, prayers, and well wishes", his office put in a news release. Brooks is now scheduled to return home on Saturday to recuperate.

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