Val Kilmer has confirmed he had cancer after repeatedly denying that was the case.

The 57-year-old used the word cancer to describe his ailment for the first time during a discussion with a fan during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Wednesday.

Many have held fears for the Top Gun actor since 2015 when he was seen at UCLA Medical Center and then two months later in December with a tracheostomy tube in his neck.

 'A healing of cancer': Val Kilmer (seen here in his most recent picture last month) has just confirmed he has had cancer, after repeatedly denying that was the case

 ‘A healing of cancer’: Val Kilmer (seen here in his most recent picture last month) has just confirmed he has had cancer, after repeatedly denying that was the case

 Grave concerns: Many have held fears for the Top Gun actor since 2015 (pictured) when he was seen at UCLA Medical Center and then two months later in December with a tracheostomy tube in his neck

 Grave concerns: Many have held fears for the Top Gun actor since 2015 (pictured) when he was seen at UCLA Medical Center and then two months later in December with a tracheostomy tube in his neck

Actor Michael Douglas then went to say his friend and fellow actor was battling oral cancer, the same cancer Michael had until going into remission in 2013.

On Wednesday the fan asked Val: ‘A while ago, Michael Douglas claimed you had terminal cancer. What was the story behind that?’

Val responded: ‘He was probably trying to help me cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho healing all the time [sic]. 

‘Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather.’

Explained situation: The 57-year-old used the word cancer to describe his aliment for the first time during a discussion with a fan during a Reddit AMA session on Wednesday

Explained situation: The 57-year-old used the word cancer to describe his aliment for the first time during a discussion with a fan during a Reddit AMA session on Wednesday

Dedicated to healing: The star (pictured January) is a Christian Scientist and the denomination believes that sickness is a 'mental error' and that one can be healed of physical and mental illnesses through prayer. The Christian sect used to avoid all medical practitioners but now many modern followers will see a doctor but largely seek healing through a Christian Science practitioner

Dedicated to healing: The star (pictured January) is a Christian Scientist and the denomination believes that sickness is a ‘mental error’ and that one can be healed of physical and mental illnesses through prayer. The Christian sect used to avoid all medical practitioners but now many modern followers will see a doctor but largely seek healing through a Christian Science practitioner

The unusual wording – ‘a healing of cancer’ – is likely due to Val’s Christian Scientist beliefs.

The Christian denomination believes that sickness is a ‘mental error’ and that one can be healed of physical and mental illnesses through prayer.

The Christian sect used to avoid all medical practitioners but now many modern followers will see a doctor – but largely seek healing through a Christian Science practitioner.

Caused concern: The Batman actor has repeatedly denied cancer but a sudden change in his appearance coupled with him being photographed with a breathing aid has caused many people to worry. Pictured left in 2013 and right in 2016

Caused concern: The Batman actor has repeatedly denied cancer but a sudden change in his appearance coupled with him being photographed with a breathing aid has caused many people to worry. Pictured left in 2013 and right in 2016

Caused concern: The Batman actor has repeatedly denied cancer but a sudden change in his appearance coupled with him being photographed with a breathing aid has caused many people to worry. Pictured left in 2013 and right in 2016

Getting there: The veteran actor (pictured last month on his Facebook) said he had a swollen tongue after a procedure

Getting there: The veteran actor (pictured last month on his Facebook) said he had a swollen tongue after a procedure

Val has previously denied having cancer saying he was suffering from a swollen tongue after a procedure.

In November, after Michael suggested the Batman star was ‘dealing with exactly what I had’, Val took to Facebook and said: ‘I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed. 

‘The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play CITIZEN TWAIN.’

Denied issue: In November, after Michael suggested the Batman star was 'dealing with exactly what I had', Val took to Facebook

Denied issue: In November, after Michael suggested the Batman star was ‘dealing with exactly what I had’, Val took to Facebook

He added: ‘I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.’

Val also shared: ‘Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn’t being responsible to my health, because of my reliance on prayer and Love. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

‘Altho I am very grateful for all the support from around the world, when people found out I had a physical challenge. ‘ 

The Ice Man: The 57-year-old set hearts on fire as the tough but impossible good looking Ice in 1986 classic Top Gun 

The Ice Man: The 57-year-old set hearts on fire as the tough but impossible good looking Ice in 1986 classic Top Gun 

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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