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Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has breast cancer

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Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her office announced Thursday.

Stewart will continue working while she undergoes treatment, which is expected to "require minimal time out of the office," said Meghan Collins, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education.

"She wants to emphasize that while her prognosis is positive, her diagnosis is the result of a self-examination and to remind Floridians to be diligent in their health care," Collins said.

Stewart has been the state's education commissioner since 2013.

Collins' full statement:

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has worked extensively with her health care providers and she has been assured that treatment will require minimal time out of the office and, therefore, she intends to continue fulfilling her duties as usual. She wants to emphasize that while her prognosis is positive, her diagnosis is the result of a self-examination and to remind Floridians to be diligent in their health care. We will provide updates over the coming months, but hope that you will respect her privacy as it relates to this matter.

Photo credit: The Florida Channel

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