For the first time, British rock singer Rod Stewart has spoken about his three-year battle with prostate cancer.
The good news is that after being diagnosed with the disease during a routine check-up in 2016, the popular artist beat cancer.
“I’m in the clear now, simply because I caught it early,” Stewart said. “I have so many tests.”
Stewart, 74, spoke publicly about this battle for the first time Saturday evening during a fundraising event for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charity in Surrey, England, CNN reported.
He told the audience that he was given the all-clear in July.
“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody,” Stewart said.
“I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me,” he added.
Known for such hits as “Maggie May” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” the rocker urged men to get their prostates checked regularly — early detection is key to overcoming the disease.
“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor,” he said. “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”
Prostate cancer is known to affect men over 50 and the World Health Organization ranks it fourth among the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer.
This is Stewart’s second stint with cancer, having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000.
Stewart, the father of eight, is set to kick off an eight-concert residency in Las Vegas beginning Wednesday. Appearing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the show will run through Oct. 5.
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The rocker released his 30th solo album, “Blood Red Roses,” last September. It was made “in a most un-rock star-like fashion,” his website explained — for the most part, it was recorded with his band while on tour.
“Most of these songs were recorded trans-Atlantic,” Stewart said. “It was all done in hotel rooms or backstage after concerts. We’d stay behind for a couple of hours and if we were in the mood we’d do some recording. It’s a great way to make a record. It meant that you’re not locked in one space for months on end. We never really went near a traditional recording studio which I think was great. I’ve spent too many years locked in dull studios, not wanting to be in there. I always think I make albums for a few friends, and this record has that intimacy.”
The Prostate Project thanked Stewart online for “using our fundraiser to make his announcement that will benefit so many men.”
We are hugely grateful to Sir Rod and his wife Penny for using our fundraiser to make his announcement that will benefit so many menhttps://t.co/WOU3IeAhg3
— The Prostate Project (@_ProstateProjec) September 16, 2019
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