Cuba says US prisoner has no cancer

WASHINGTON — The Cuban government said Wednesday that a test shows an American imprisoned in Cuba doesn’t have cancer, countering a previous statement by a US doctor that a mass on his shoulder should be assumed to be cancerous unless proven harmless.

Both sides have spent the past several months going back and forth about the health of Alan Gross, who has been in prison in Cuba for nearly three years. Gross, 63, has had a mass on his shoulder since May. Overweight when arrested, he has also lost more than 100 pounds since being in prison. Gross’s lawyer and family want to be able to choose a doctor to examine him. The Cuban government has said his health is fine.

Associated Press