American vice-presidential hopeful John Edwards and his family were dealt two severe blows yesterday (03NOV04) - they missed out on a chance to run America and Edwards' wife ELIZABETH was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Edwards learned the news about his wife shortly after his running mate Senator John Kerry conceded defeat in the presidential election to PRESIDENT George W Bush.

Edwards reportedly discovered a lump in her breast last week (ends29OCT04).

04/11/2004 21:23