Comedian Kathy Griffin shared some unfortunate news with fans on Monday morning, but she remains optimistic. on August 2 Griffin revealed she has lung cancer in an Instagram post. The 60-year-old actor wrote that she was about to have surgery and said she and her doctors are hopeful that she is doing well. But there’s one aspect of the diagnosis that surprised Griffin, and may surprise her fans, too: Griffin never smoked.
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Read on to see what Griffin had to say about her diagnosis and the tip she shared for all who read her post.
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“I have something to tell you,” Griffin begins her Instagram post. ‘I have cancer. I’m about to have surgery to have half of my left lung removed.” She continues: “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and includes my left lung. Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should be able to function normally with my breathing. I should be back to work as usual in a month or so.” less.”
In her post, Griffin clarifies, “Yes, I have lung cancer, even though I’ve never smoked!”
According to to the Mayo Clinic, “Smoking causes most lung cancers, both in smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke. But lung cancer also occurs in people who have never smoked and in those who have never been exposed to secondhand smoke for a long time. are of no apparent cause of lung cancer.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website also notes that there is one: much more likely to get lung cancer as a smoker, but that smoking is not responsible in all cases. “In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths,” the CDC site says. “People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who don’t smoke.”
on Monday evening, nightline will air an interview with Griffin about her cancer. In an excerpt from the interview, the comedian says she was diagnosed about two weeks earlier. “I was absolutely in shock,” she says in the clip. “I’m still a little bit in shock, not in denial. Once a day I won’t turn to anyone next to me and say, ‘Can you believe this? Is this an ab**** or what?’ “
She said that she had a mass on her lungs for a while, but it was not diagnosed as cancer until now. “I’ve had it for a long time,” she told night line. “And it’s x-rayed every three years and hasn’t grown. So [the doctor] said, ‘Well, this time it grew.’”
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In her Instagram post, Griffin writes: “It’s been hell for 4 years, trying to get back to work, make you laugh and have fun, but I’ll be fine.”
In 2017, a scandal involving Griffin erupted after she shared a photo of herself wearing a mask that looked like Donald Trump‘s head covered in blood. In the nightline interview, Griffin shared that in the wake of that post, she and her family members received death threats. Griffin wax investigated by the secret service in response to the photo. They got addicted to pills during this time and tried to end her life, as reported by ABC News. “The irony has not escaped me that a little over a year ago I just wanted to die. And now I just want to live,” she says in the interview.
Ending her Instagram post, Griffin points out that she has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Of course I am fully vaccinated against COVID. The consequences of not being vaccinated would have been even more severe,” she writes.
She also reminds people to see a doctor regularly: “Please keep up with your medical checkups. It will save your life.”
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