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Larry King Reveals Lung Cancer Diagnosis

| by Sheena Vasani
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In a recent interview with US Weekly, Larry King revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

"I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray, and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks funny,'"King, 83, recalls. "They said the spot looked pretty small....I then did a CAT scan then a PET scan and then he said to me, 'You have lung cancer, but it looks very small, in the beginning stages.'"

As a result, King underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 17.

"The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage," King explained. "If it had stayed and we didn't find it, you would have had trouble in two or three years, but we got it and you were lucky.'"

Two weeks later, King was back to work and fully recovered.

"They showed me my latest chest X-ray, which is all clear," he says. "It was fun to see where that spot was and there is no spot now. They took off 20 percent of the lung."

If anything, King seems to be feeling even more alive now after the cancer scare.

"I will probably die on the air," he said when asked if he planning on slowing down now. "I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. I have no plans to retire. I've never ever felt better than I do now."

Reflecting on what led to the cancer, however, the star admitted his doctor said King's smoking habits in the 1980s probably played a role.

He now hopes his experience will serve as a warning to others.

"When you are [getting] a checkup, get a chest X-ray because lung cancer ain't going to tell you it's there, but a simple chest X-ray will," King explains. "If it shows you one little spot, you will do a CAT scan. They are all painless."

Lung cancer is just one of many health ailments King has battled with in the past couple of years.

The legendary TV host endured a massive heart attack in 1987, fought prostate cancer, and suffers from type 2 diabetes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Yet despite all of the illnesses and the lung cancer, King survives -- and he believes it's because he is always working hard to improve his health.

"I've had the heart attack and heart surgery, I defeated prostate cancer, have Type 2 diabetes but I remain in good health," he said in 2015. "I follow my doctor's wishes, I take my prescription drugs, I take a lot of vitamins.... Also, even at my advanced age, having two teenage boys keeps me young…I got a lot of things going for me. I got no complaints."

Sources: US Magazine, Los Angeles Times/Featured Image: NTNU - Norwegian University Of Science And Technology/Flickr/Embedded Images: 70th Annual Peabody Awards/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

 

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