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article imageBrazil's former president Lula diagnosed with throat cancer

By John Louie S. Ramos     Oct 29, 2011 in World
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known popularly by the people of Brazil as Lula, has been diagnosed with throat cancer on Saturday and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy next week.
CNN reports that a "malignant tumor in his larynx" is now casting a shadow of doubt on the former president's political future. Lula, 66, served as the 35th President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010 but rumors swirled that Lula may again run for the presidency of Latin America's largest economy come 2014 – if and when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff decides not to seek re-election.
According to specialists on Lula's medical team, the tumor isn't that big and the chance of cure is excellent. Mirtes Bogea, the spokesman of the Sirio Libanes Hospital in Sao Paolo, Brazil added that the tumor, which she describes as "localized" hasn't spread and remains static in Lula's larynx.
Lula is one of the most popular and charismatic world leaders of this generation. He is best known for his social programs that spearheaded Brazil's economic rise and lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty.
Time Magazine listed Lula as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" along with other political leaders such as US President Barack Obama and Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
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