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Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and received a temporary postponement of his prison sentence for mail fraud, newspapers reported Thursday.

Rostenkowski, 68, was supposed to report to prison last week but received the reprieve because of his illness, the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune reported, citing unidentified sources.It was unclear how long his imprisonment would be postponed or whether he would receive a reduction in sentence, the papers said. It was also unclear how serious the cancer is.

Cancer of the prostate, a walnut-size gland near the bladder, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, after lung cancer. But it usually occurs in older men and in many cases is slow-growing, causing few problems.