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Director Christopher Landon diagnosed with kidney cancer

Chris Landon has cancer

Movie director Christopher Landon has been diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Landon - most famous for helming 2017 film Happy Death Day - opened up about his health battle in a post on Instagram, as he urged his followers to take notice of any changes to their bodies.

"Whelp" where to start. About a week ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I was rushed into emergency surgery to have part of my kidney removed. I wasn't going to post about it but I kinda need to because I got lucky and caught it early. It was a fluke that it was discovered and it hadn't spread yet," the 46-year-old filmmaker wrote alongside a selfie from his hospital bed.

"PSA time: watch your bodies. Get a physical. Get tested. Get imaging when you can. Some of these cancers are silent killers. You don't know they are there until it's too late. I could have spent years walking around with this without symptoms. I'm so grateful to my doctors, my husband, my family and friends. I'll get through this but PLEASE be vigilant too."

The director is the son of Little House on the Prairie star Michael Landon and Lynn Noe. His father died of pancreatic cancer in 1991 when Landon was 16 years old.

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