Correction: Squamous cell carcinoma shares the name of types of skin cancer, but Kildee’s condition is located in the tonsils.

FLINT, Mich. (WLNS) — Flint Congressman Dan Kildee released a statement on Friday confirming his diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma after a small tumor was found in one of his tonsils.

Kildee made the following statement in a Friday press release:

“A few weeks ago, after consulting with my doctors, I scheduled what I thought was a preventive scan for a swollen lymph node. The results, it turns out, were more significant,” Kildee said. “After additional testing, I’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a serious but curable form of cancer. Thankfully, I caught it very early. With early detection and great doctors, they found a very small tumor in one of my tonsils.”

He also stated that he has having surgery to remove the cancer in the coming weeks, saying “the prognosis after surgery and treatment is excellent.”

Kildee also used the release to thank his wife, Jennifer Kildee, his constituents in the 8th District of Michigan, and his colleagues in Congress.