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Rush Limbaugh, host of the nationally-syndicated “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” has begun treatment for lung cancer. The 69-year-old radio host announced to his listeners that he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease.

"I wish I didn't have to tell you this, and I thought about not trying to tell anybody, I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, because I don't like making things about me," Limbaugh said. But "there are going to be days that I'm not going to be able to be here, because I will be undergoing treatment, or I'm reacting to treatment."

Limbaugh said at the end of Monday's program that he plans to be off the air Tuesday and back on the air Thursday.

"My intention is to come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day, because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction," Limbaugh said.

Limbaugh said he first realized something was wrong around Jan. 12 and his diagnosis was confirmed by two medical institutions on Jan. 20.

Lung cancer can be difficult to detect, mainly because the condition often does not produce noticeable symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Additionally, some indicators such as persistent coughing or vocal hoarseness may be ignored simply since they are so commonplace. But, an early diagnosis – at a stage when more treatment options are generally available – is essential to achieving the best possible outcome.

Moffitt Cancer Center’s lung cancer screening program is open to those considered high-risk. You are eligible to be screened if you:

  • Are between the ages of 55-80
  • Are a current or former smoker with a 30-pack per year history:
    • One pack a day for 30 years
    • Two packs a day for 15 years
    • Three packs a day for 10 years
  • Have quit smoking in the past 15 years with a 30-pack per year smoking history

To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form.