Larry King reveals secret battle with lung cancer

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Larry King reveals lung cancer diagnosis

Speaking with Us Weekly, Larry King revealed that he'd been diagnosed with lung cancer during a routine physical with his doctor. The 83-year-old TV host received the terrifying news during a routine visit to the doctors, where he was told that "something looks amusing". Part of my checkup is the chest X-ray and that is the protocol. Then the doctor says, "I see a little spot here".

The Brooklyn-born broadcasting legend recently received the dreaded diagnosis and went for surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 17, he told "Extra".

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King said he went back to work just a week later at "Larry King Now" on Ora.TV and that he isn't anxious about his cancer because his doctors caught it so early. "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, '" he tells Us.

King dedicated two weeks for recovery, but was quick to return to work soon after. "They took off 20 percent of the lung".

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Though he hasn't smoked in 30 years, Larry King was reminded of the all-too-real consequences of tobacco use earlier this summer. "I loved smoking but when I had the heart attack that February of 1987, I stopped that day and never reached for one again", he said.

The legendary broadcaster, 83, opted to be transparent with his latest health scare as a way to raise awareness. "I've done everything I can do".

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Now, King will get a chest X-ray every six months.

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"I will probably die on the air", he said, explaining that even after the intrusive surgery he's never felt better. I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. After undergoing a CT scan and a positron emission tomography scan, King said doctors diagnosed him with stage 1 lung cancer. "They are all painless", and can save your life! He's already beat prostate cancer.

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