Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed With Advanced Lung Cancer

The radio host made the announcement on his show Monday

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Talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh announced Monday on his show that he has advanced lung cancer and will be missing some upcoming broadcasts to seek treatment.

In making the announcement, he said Monday was “one of the most difficult days in recent memory” because he’d been anticipating it and hates talking about himself on the show.

“I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer,” he said, revealing the diagnosis came after he first felt shortness of breath on Jan. 12.

He mentioned his internal debate over whether or not to tell his staff or listeners at all, as well as his personal faith and how the diagnosis has played into his relationship with his God.

Limbaugh, who has been broadcasting since 1988, is a hyper-partisan conservative whose opinion is valued in Republican political circles. He called himself the “Mayor of Realville” when announcing his diagnosis, then shared that, at least for now, he isn’t experiencing any symptoms.