CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sen. Thomas Tillis said Monday that he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery next week in North Carolina to treat it.

I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery, the Republican said in a statement.

He said the cancer was detected relatively early.

I cant emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are, he wrote. I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer. My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis. Early detection can truly save lives.