David Stevens, the chief executive and president of the Mortgage Bankers Association, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Stevens revealed his diagnosis Monday in his prepared remarks at the association's annual conference in Boston.

"As many of you know, and now all of you will, I have been battling an aggressive, but treatable, cancer," Stevens said at the top of his speech. He did not say what form of cancer he was diagnosed with.

"Today's challenge is personal to Mary, me and our family – but I am attacking this the same way I do everything else. And this evil disease has a tough challenge ahead, as we intend to win this battle," he added.

At the conference, the MBA was distributing blue Livestrong-style wristbands featuring the phrases "#StevensStrong" and "Beating the Beast!" on them. The MBA declined to provide additional comment beyond Stevens' remarks.

Stevens joined MBA in 2011 after serving for nearly two years as the assistant secretary of housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, running the Federal Housing Administration. Prior to that, Stevens was president and chief operating officer of Long & Foster.

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