Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed he faced a battle with cancer earlier this year.
The guitarist spoke to Daily Mail's Event Magazine at the weekend, and opened up about being diagnosed with a growth on his lung.
The entire Rolling Stones line up are given a medical examination before hitting the road, with Ronnie Wood's doctor making the diagnosis.
"Then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung," explained the guitarist. "And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t surprised."
"But then there was a week of tests. They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes. If that had happened it would have been all over for me."
He continued: "I was prepared for bad news but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn’t tell anyone because we didn’t want to put anyone else though the hell we were going through. But I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn’t going to go through chemo, I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body."
Ronnie Wood also revealed that one of his main concerns was how any treatment would impact on one of his greatest attributes - his hair cut! "It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, 'No way'. And I just kept the faith it would be all right. A week later they came back with the news that it hadn’t spread and I said, 'Let’s get it out now'. Just before I closed my eyes for the operation I looked at the doctor and said, 'Let battle commence'."
"I’m OK now. 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."
Read the full interview HERE.