Ex-inmate says he lost penis to cancer undiagnosed in jail

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BURGAW, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man says he lost his penis to cancer that went undiagnosed while he spent months in local jails and federal prison.

The News & Observer reports 49-year-old Keith Jackson has filed two lawsuits against federal entities, county jails and health care providers.

Medical records show Jackson received antibiotics for urinary tract infections and a lesion on his penis. A July 2014 memo from a nurse says Jackson reported he was kicked by several guards for complaining about lack of medical attention.

Jackson says he didn't receive a biopsy until August 2015, in federal prison in West Virginia. Records show he underwent surgery that December.

Attorneys for the defendants say in court papers that he received proper attention and didn't file his complaints within the statute of limitations.

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