Rush Limbaugh reveals to listeners that he has advanced lung cancer

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The 69-year-old conservative talk show host said he first realized that something was wrong during his birthday weekend Jan. 12 and got his diagnosis from two medical institutions nine days later. Limbaugh said he wanted to be open so that the public wouldn’t start speculating about any future absences or changes to the show while he undergoes treatment.

Limbaugh began his career in radio in 1971 and quickly became a popular icon for conservatives while generating controversies with his right-wing views on topics such as immigration, women’s rights and race.

He took a break from his show in 2003 after admitting an addiction to painkillers and a stint in rehab.

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