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Val Kilmer Struggling with Oral Cancer

Val Kilmer Struggling with Oral Cancer

Top Gun actor Val Kilmer health has been deteriorating and staying out of the limelight. Over the weekend Michael Douglas leaked that his onetime costar Val Kilmer has oral cancer and things are NOT looking good!!!

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Val Kilmer Struggling with Oral Cancer got word today that Michael Douglas leaked the news during a Q&A in London that his The Ghost and the Darkness costar is battling cancer.

People has just got word that Douglas basically spilled the tea on the former The Doors star, Val Kilmer, saying:

Val “dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him … My prayers are with him.”

However, in posts on his Facebook page, the Top Gun star has previously denied he has cancer amid reports about his health problems over the past few years.

Kilmer faced a medical scare in January 2015 when, following a 911 call, he was rushed from his residence to the UCLA Medical Center, and later underwent tests. if you recall, At the time, his rep released a statement about his condition.

Val Kimler denies health: previously reported that Kilmer later denied his health issues to fans on Facebook, writing:

“I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, or any operation I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the UCLA ICU. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don’t worry.”

He added at the time:

“Thank you all for your love and support. There’s a rumor I’m unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue. I was in to verify I have no tumor or infection of any kind which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA.”

Vals rep Liz Rosenberg said this at the time:

“Film actor Val Kilmer is currently undergoing tests at a Los Angeles Hospital for a possible tumor. The 56-year-old Kilmer is being cared for by his two children, Mercedes, 23, and son Jack, who is 19, both L.A. residents.”

Since Douglas leak on Kilmers health there has been no word of confirmation. Maybe Michael just felt that Kilmer’s fans should know the truth.

Regardless of Kilmers health, we hope he can get his health back and be a cancer survivor. He is in our prayers.

The risks of Oral Cancer is high:

Anyone can get oral cancer, however some factors may increase your likelihood of developing the disease.As with many cancers, the risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, with most people being over the age of 55.

The Cancer Center reports:

  • Gender: Oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer are twice as common in men as in women. This difference may be related to the use of alcohol and tobacco, a major oral cancer risk factor that is seen more commonly in men than women. According to the American Cancer Society, the gender difference is decreasing among oral cancer patients as more women are using tobacco and drinking.
  • Age: The average age at diagnosis for oral cancer is 62, and two-thirds of individuals with this disease are over age 55.
  • Ultraviolet light: Cancers of the lip are more common among people who work outdoors or others with prolonged exposure to sunlight. Poor nutrition: Studies have found a link between diets low in fruits and vegetables and an increased oropharynx and oral cancer risk.


Genetic syndromes: Some inherited genetic mutations, which cause different syndromes in the body, carry a high risk of oral and oropharyngeal cancer. These include:

  • Fanconi anemia: This blood condition is caused by inherited abnormalities in several genes. Problems can begin at an early age and often lead to leukemia or aplastic anemia. The risk of oral cancer among people with Fanconi anemia is up to 500 times higher than among the general population.
  • Dyskeratosis congenita: This genetically linked syndrome can also cause aplastic anemia, and carries a very high risk of mouth and throat cancer occurring at an early age.


  • Tobacco use: About 80% of people with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff. The risk of developing oral cancer depends on the duration and frequency of tobacco use. Smoking can lead to cancer in the mouth or throat, and oral tobacco products are associated with cancer in the cheeks, gums, and inner surface of the lips.
  • Alcohol: About 70% of people diagnosed with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. This risk is higher for people who use both alcohol and tobacco. For people who smoke and drink heavily, the risk of oral cancer may be as high as 100% more than the risk for people who do not smoke or drink.
  • Betel quid: Many people in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and others parts of the world chew betel quid, a leaf from the betel plant wrapped around areca nut and lime. Chewing gutka, a combination of betel quid and tobacco, is also common. Both of these substances are associated with an increased oral cancer risks.


  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: Human papilloma viruses, or HPV, include about 100 similar viruses. Many HPVs cause warts, but some are involved in cancer. Most noteworthy, HPV is tied to the development of cervical cancer. HPV is also a risk factor for oral and oropharyngeal cancers. About 25 percent of patients with these cancers are infected with the same HPVs as are seen in with cervical cancer. In particular, there is a strong link between HPV-16 and oropharyngeal cancer. HPV appears to be a more serious risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer than for oral cavity cancers. People with oral cancers linked to HPV tend to not be smokers or drinkers, and usually have a good prognosis. Typically, HPV infections in the mouth and throat do not produce any symptoms, and only a small percentage of these infections develop into cancer. Read about the recent increase in HPV-related cancers.
  • Immune system suppression: Taking drugs that suppress the immune system, such as those used to prevent rejection of a transplant organ or to treat certain immune diseases, may increase the risk of oral cancer.

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