US chat show host Larry King has revealed that he’s had treatment for lung cancer.
In a statement released to CNN, the 83-year-old legendary host revealed he had been “diagnosed with stage 1 Adenocarcinoma, the most common type of lung cancer, through a routine chest examination”.
However, surgeons managed to remove the cancerous cells as Larry caught the cancer early, thanks to a chest X-ray.
“He immediately underwent a successful surgery to remove the upper lobe and lymph node,” said his representatives.
“Larry returned to work two weeks later, having just celebrated his 60th year in broadcasting. He looks forward to working for another 60 years and thanks everyone for their well wishes!”
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Speaking about his experience, Larry encouraged others to go for routine medical check-ups to help quicker diagnosis and a more promising chance of recovery.
“Part of the checkup is a chest X-ray and that is the protocol,” King said.
“I do it every year, it’s always normal. Then the doctor says, ‘I see a little spot here. Let’s do a CAT scan.
“They took it out. It was malignant. If I had not had the chest X-ray, it would have progressed.”
“Get a chest X-ray. It takes two seconds.”
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