Rush Limbaugh announced on his show Monday that he has advanced lung cancer. “This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming. I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me. So, 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 with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
Rush will be off the air Tuesday and Wednesday for treatment and hopes to be back on the air Thursday. Rush has been broadcasting his program for over 31 years. He is 69 years old.
According to WebMD, lung cancer is diagnosed in an estimated 174,000 Americans each year. According to The Lung Cancer Society of America, the disease kills 433 people each day in the United States. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more is 55%. Smoking is the biggest risk factor.
President Trump tweeted his support for his friend: “Many people do not know what a great guy & fantastic political talent the great Rush Limbaugh is. There is nobody like him. Looking for a speedy recovery for our friend.”
Listen to Rush make the announcement on his show Monday.
iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman and COO/CFO Rich Bressler released the following statement: “Rush Limbaugh shared with us the news that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Over his last 31 years on-air he has developed a deeply personal relationship with his listeners and he intends to remain on the air, being there with his audience. We know millions of people nationwide join me and all of iHeart in wishing him a full recovery. Rush is both a colleague and a dear friend, and we know he will handle the situation with courage and grace. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we are supporting them in every way.”