Larry King stuns fans with a shocking revelation about a secret surgery

Larry King reveals lung cancer diagnosis

Veteran broadcaster Larry King has secretly been battling lung cancer after being diagnosed during a routine doctors visit in July. "I go for my checkup and they say, 'Let's do a chest X-ray, and the doctor said to me, 'Something looks amusing, '" he recalls. King underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 17.

Since the diagnosis, King has had 20 percent of the affected lung removed. The tumor was malignant but King said it was found at such an early stage that his doctor told him he was lucky. "They tested it. They said, 'You are fine.' It was stage 1". The 83-year-old was back to work within two weeks, but says he's sharing his story so other smokers (he smoked for 30 years) might quit. "If I had not had the chest X-ray, it would have progressed". "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", he explains.

But to King - who gets an annual X-ray because of his previous heart attack and heart surgery - the diagnosis and surgery is another reminder to keep healthy.

King said he knows the smoking contributed to his lung cancer. "The doctor said to me, 'It was malignant but you were in the first stage". Currently, he's hosting "Larry King Now" on Hulu and RT America, and "Politicking with Larry King" on the same channels.

King was lucky. It was early on, and after surgery to remove part of his lung, he's cancer free. "The reason I go public with it is to tell people, 'Get a chest X-ray.' I smoked for thirty years". I have beaten so many things health-wise to feel this good now. "I have no plans to retire", he told Us, "I've never ever felt better than I do now". He's already beat prostate cancer.

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