Premier John Horgan has revealed publicly that he will require surgery on Friday after noticing a lump in his neck.

He announced the news to the media in a public statement Thursday morning.

“After noticing a lump in my neck, I went to the doctor to get a number of tests over the past few weeks,” said Horgan. “Those tests have revealed a growth in my throat that requires surgery tomorrow. Any further treatment will be determined after the surgery.

“We have a lot of work to do to support British Columbians through this pandemic and beyond, and I’m proud of the dedication shown by our cabinet and caucus to that work.”

Out of caution, Minister Mike Farnworth has been appointed as Deputy Premier for the time being.

“Mike will be there as support, if needed, but I will continue in all my roles as Premier, head of the executive council, the current chair of the Council of the Federation.

“I have been here before and I am not alone. People all around the province receive news like this every day.

Horgan is 62 years old. In 2008, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and was deemed cancer-free after undergoing surgery and treatment.

“My message to all British Columbians is, please don’t wait. If you are concerned about something, don’t put it off. Go see a doctor, go to an urgent and primary care centre to get it checked out as soon as you can.”