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Eddie Van Halen Says Cigarettes Unrelated To Mouth Cancer

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Valerie Bertinelli tells Ladies' Home Journal about her ex Eddie Van Halen's 2002 battle with cancer: "The guy has mouth cancer, gets part of his tongue cut out, and he still insists cigarettes have nothing to do with it."...

"There was so much denial, so much not talking," Bertinelli tells the Journal. Van Halen has cited a metal guitar pick he held in his mouth as contributing to his cancer.

As for the practitioner of alternative medicine who helped treat her ex, Bertinelli says: "You should have seen the guy he attributes his 'cure' to. They sat around drinking and smoking in our hotel room. But, well, cancer hasn't come back yet, so who am I to say."

(via People)

Meanwhile, it was announced this week that Eddie is undergoing more medical testing:

Van Halen has postponed concerts this week as guitarist Eddie Van Halen undergoes medical testing for an undisclosed condition.

"According to Eddie Van Halen's physician, he is undergoing a battery of comprehensive medical tests to determine a defined diagnosis and recommended medical procedures," according to a statement released Monday by Van Halen's representative and the tour promoter, Live Nation.

Eddie Van Halen has had medical setbacks in recent years, including a battle with cancer and a trip to rehab. A representative for Van Halen did not return a phone message or e-mail from The Associated Press seeking further information about his ailment.