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Illinois State Rep. Deb Mell Diagnosed With Cancer

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In an April 28, 2010 file photo, Rep. Deborah Mell, D-Chicago works on the floor of the Illinois House in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Robin Scholz, File) | AP

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of Windy City Times:

State Rep. Deborah Mell, one of three openly gay members of the Illinois General Assembly, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mell, 43, represents the 40th District on the city's Northwest Side. She told Windy City Times that the cancer is Stage 1, and that she is pursuing expert advice from her doctors. She will receive more tests including a genetic test to help inform her treatment options.

"I am very grateful for my wife, Christin, my family and friends and especially the radiology team at Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Center at Northwestern who found the cancer," Mell said. "I will continue to serve my constituents, and hope for a speedy recovery."

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