Alan Gross, Maryland man imprisoned in Cuba, may have cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A doctor says an American man imprisoned in Cuba may have a cancerous growth on his shoulder, contradicting the Cuban government's stance that his health is normal.

A lawyer for Alan Gross said Tuesday in a statement that an independent physician reviewed medical records sent by Cuba.

The doctor says that the mass must be assumed to be cancerous unless proven otherwise.

Alan Gross' wife, Judy Gross, released a statement begging Cuban President Raul Castro not to let her husband "die on your watch" and asking that he be allowed to be diagnosed by a doctor of his choosing.

Gross, a 63-year-old U.S. government subcontractor from Montgomery County, Md., has been in prison in Cuba since late 2009.

His case has become a sticking point in U.S.-Cuba relations.