Brazil’s Rousseff free of cancer, feels fine

* Exam finds her in excellent health, no sign of cancer

* Issue of presidential candidate’s health has faded

BRASILIA, Aug 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazil’s ruling party
candidate for president, Dilma Rousseff, received a clean bill
of health on Thursday after a routine exam following her cancer
treatment last year.

“I feel very happy. I’m very well, thank you,” Rousseff
told reporters when asked about medical exams she underwent on
Wednesday afternoon in Sao Paulo.

Doctors said the tests showed she is cancer-free and in
excellent health, according to Rousseff aides and a statement
from Sao Paulo’s Sirio Libanes hospital on Thursday.

Rousseff, 62, promises to continue President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva’s mix of mostly market-friendly policies and
social welfare if elected. Over the past two weeks she has
opened a wide lead in opinion polls ahead of her main
opposition rival, former Sao Paulo state Governor Jose Serra,
for the Oct. 3 vote.

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Rousseff had a tumor removed from her armpit in April last
year and underwent therapy to treat lymphoma cancer.

She had worn a wig to cover hair loss from chemotherapy.

The issue of her health has faded since doctors declared
the treatment a success in September last year.

Asked whether her intense travel and work load were tiring,
she said: “That’s what you do in campaigns, you climb a (Mount)
Everest every day. You end up becoming tough.”

(Reporting by Raymond Colitt; Editing by Eric Beech)

Brazil’s Rousseff free of cancer, feels fine