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U.S. comedian and non-smoker Kathy Griffin to undergo surgery for lung cancer

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Comedian Kathy Griffin poses at the 20th Annual Fulfillment Fund Stars benefit gala in Beverly Hills, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug 2 (Reuters) - American comedian Kathy Griffin said on Monday that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer although she has never been a smoker.

Griffin, 60, said in social media postings that she would undergo surgery to remove part of a lung, and that doctors were optimistic about the outcome.

"I have cancer. I'm about to go into surgery to have half of my left lung removed. Yes, I have lung cancer even though I've never smoked!" Griffin wrote.

"The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung," she added.

Griffin, a two-time Emmy winner, has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when she lost jobs and sponsorships after posing with a fake severed head depicting then-U.S. President Donald Trump in what was intended to be a joke. The Secret Service opened an investigation into the incident but no legal action was taken against Griffin.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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