Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood has recently revealed to having undergone a routine health check this past May where doctor’s discovered a cancerous lump in one of his lungs.
The rock guitarist (who just turned 70 this past June 1) admitted casually to having fought temporarily with “a touch of lung cancer.” As doctors took five hours to remove the lump in one of his lungs before Wood embarked on tour with his fellow band mates, the music icon has finally stepped forward with the news, and further encourages others with the message: get checked.
“There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains – time to say goodbye. You never know what is going to happen,” he told Daily Mail.
According to Wood, at the time of the exam his doctor inquired if looking further into his physical exam would be something necessary. Wood replied, “go for it.”
The legendary multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter relays the story with an awry tinge of remembrance as the apprehensive storyteller kept the news a secret from the public until now.
“I’m OK now,” he continued. “But I’m going to have a check-up every three months. They caught it early. People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here.”
The Rolling Stones head out on a thirteen-date run in Europe this September and October, kicking things off Saturday, September 9, at Stadtpark in Hamburg, Germany, and wrapping it up on Wedneday, October 25, at U Arena in Paris, France.
Tickets have been on sale since May 2017, but not all dates have been sold out yet. Check The Rolling Stones’ official website for more information.