Rolling Stones' Ron­nie Wood re­veals can­cer scare

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Rolling Stones gui­tarist Ron­nie Wood re­vealed yes­ter­day that he un­der­went emer­gency surgery ear­lier this year after a cancerous le­sion was found on his lung. "I've had a fight with a touch of lung can­cer," the 70-year-old told the Mail on Sun­day's Event mag­a­zine. "There was a week when ev­ery­thing hung in the bal­ance and it could have been cur­tain­stime to say good­bye." Wood de­scribed go­ing for a check-up with the doc­tor in May, a rou­tine event be­fore the band went on tour.

"And then he came back with the news that I had this su­per­nova burn­ing away on my left lung," he said. He spent a week wait­ing for tests to see if the can­cer had spread, de­ter­mined that he would not have chemo­ther­apy for fear of go­ing bald. "This hair wasn't go­ing any­where," he said. When the news came in that it had not spread, he had emer­gency surgery to re­move part of his lung. "I'm OK now. But I'm go­ing to have a check-up ev­ery three months. They caught it early," he said. He added: "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."

Wood gave up smok­ing shortly be­fore the birth in May last year of his twin girls with wife Sally, and no longer drinks al­co­hol or takes drugs. But for decades he lived a rock'n'roll life­style, along with fel­low Stones hell­raiser Keith Richards. "I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smok­ing a year ago: 'How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smok­ing-and all the rest of my bad habits-with­out some­thing go­ing on in there?'," he told the pa­per. When he re­ceived the di­ag­no­sis, "to be to­tally hon­est, I wasn't sur­prised". Wood, who joined the Stones in 1975, is the youngest mem­ber of the iconic four-piece Bri­tish rock band. He gave the in­ter­view to mark a new book of his paint­ings and sketches, en­ti­tled "Ron­nie Wood: Artist". — AFP

This file photo shows Ron­nie Wood, the lead gui­tarist of Bri­tish rock group ‘The Rolling Stones’ per­forms on stage at Ha­yarkon Park in the Mediter­ranean coastal city. — AFP

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