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GOP candidate for governor says he has pancreatic cancer

Scott Hawkins, a Republican candidate for governor, speaks at the Republican State Convention at the Hilton in Anchorage in March. (Bob Hallinen / ADN file)

Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Hawkins announced Thursday that he is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

In a written release, Hawkins said that he was diagnosed with cancer in February, and decided to disclose his battle with the disease once he learned that he will continue treatment into the summer, when the primary campaign will be in full swing.

"Alaskan voters deserve to know the whole picture," Hawkins said in the statement. "Also, I will need the understanding of Alaskans should I lose hair or should my schedule need to be adjusted."

Hawkins' "prospects for recovery are good," the statement said.

Hawkins, a businessman, is one of three leading contenders vying for the Republican gubernatorial primary nomination.

He is receiving treatment in Anchorage and at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, the statement said.