Rep. John Lewis said on Sunday that he is suffering from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and will undergo treatment, though he plans to keep serving his district. Doctors discovered the Georgia Democrat’s condition in a routine December medical visit and subsequent tests. The diagnosis has been reconfirmed, Lewis said. The long-serving congressman, 79, has represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District since 1987. He is a civil rights icon who subscribed to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance to segregation. Lewis serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, leading the Oversight subcommittee.
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