Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer

Georgia First Sandra Deal has announced that she was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer.

In a statement released today, Deal said that she has successfully undergone a surgery to remove a tumor, which had been detected during her annual mammogram.

In the coming weeks, she plans to begin treatment using chemotherapy to ensure remission.

"Since I caught it in its early stages, I am confident that the chemotherapy will year successful results," Deal said.

Deal encouraged all women to see medical professionals for their own annual mammogram and said that she will be continuing to travel the state reading to students.

"Nathan and I appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time," she said.