Cuba: Jailed American doesn't have cancer

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban government says a test shows an American imprisoned in Cuba doesn't have cancer, countering a previous statement by a U.S. doctor.

Cuban officials released a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that says Cuban and U.S. officials met Monday to discuss Alan Gross' health. The statement says an Oct. 24 biopsy confirmed that a lump on Gross' right shoulder is not cancerous. The statement says the test "could not be performed before due to Mr. Gross' refusal."

The statement says Gross' wife, who lives in Washington, was given the test results.

Gross was arrested in December 2009 while on a democracy-building program paid for by the U.S. government.

A rabbi who saw Gross on Tuesday also told the AP the growth was not cancerous.

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