Brazil's ex Prez Lula has throat cancer: Hospital

Brazil`s ex Prez Lula has throat cancer: Hospital Washington: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been diagnosed with throat cancer, a hospital in Sao Paulo has said.

The 66-year-old former Brazilian leader has a tumour in his larynx, according to a statement from the Sirio-Libanes Hospital where he underwent medical examinations.

"After multiple investigations, initial chemotherapy will start in the next few days. The patient is well," the 'BBC' online quoted the hospital statement as saying.

It was widely reported, in March 2010, that Lula had given up smoking after 50 years.

Lula was elected in 2002 as Brazil's first leftist leader in half-a-century. He was re-elected for a second term in 2006, and left office in December 2010 with record approval ratings.

The Brazilian constitution prohibits a third consecutive presidential term.

A former union leader, Lula presided over a period of strong economic growth in Brazil during which millions of people were lifted out of poverty.