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Gov. Dayton declares he is cancer-free

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he is cancer-free. 

Dayton made the announcement while urging Minnesotans to get screened for cancer if they have risk factors or a family history of the disease. The 70-year-old Dayton credited his own early diagnosis with helping him beat cancer. 

Dayton announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in January and later underwent surgery to remove his prostate. He says his cancer was caught before it could spread to other organs.

This comes as Minnesota joins a handful of other states around the country in declaring it "Cancer Screen Week." 

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 600,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease this year. 

They hope early detection and prevention will help change that.

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