GOP congressman-elect makes belated cancer announcement

Congressman-elect Rick Allen

Rick Allen, the Augusta businessman who earlier this month defeated Democratic Rep. John Barrow in the twelfth congressional district, quietly revealed in a Friday interview was diagnosed in January with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Allen’s admission came only days after the conclusion of his high-profile bout with Barrow, who himself disclosed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

WJBF, the ABC affiliate in Augusta, broke the news in its Nov. 14 evening broadcast by anchor Brad Means, who said he spoke with the congressman-elect about his cancer diagnosis and treatment. The segment includes silent footage of an interview with Allen, though the Republican’s health admission is relayed only through an anchor voice over.

“I talked to Congressman-elect Rick Allen today and he told me that his doctor found a spot during a routine colonscopy back in January,” Means aid. “Well that turned out to be Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The doctor removed it right there during the colonosopy, and two subsequent scans showed the cancer was gone. The doctor told him he was cancer free as of June.”

That segment didn’t make its way onto the network’s website and ran only once more the following morning, according to a review by a media monitoring firm. None of the district’s newspapers, including the conservative Augusta Chronicle, whose editorial board endorsed Allen and has long-been a thorn in the side of Barrow, covered the news.

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