Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon, announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with, and is undergoing treatment for, stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“I have been in some kind of fight ― for freedom, equality, basic human rights ― for nearly my entire life,” . “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”

The congressman said that doctors discovered the cancer during a routine medical visit and that testing this month reconfirmed the diagnosis. Lewis, 79, remained optimistic about his treatment.

Civil Rights icon and Rep. John Lewis undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

— BRETT ROSNER (@Brosner85)

“While I am clear-eyed about the

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