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Ron Wood On Cancer

Rolling Stones guitarist: “By rights I shouldn’t be here” 

By Gary Graff
August 7, 2017

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood has revealed that his cancer scare during the spring was a bit more serious than he let on.

In May Wood announced that a small lesion had been removed from his lung through a process called “keyhole surgery” and all was well and good. But now he tells The Mail On Sunday in Britain that the situation was more dire at the time, saying that: “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…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 through the hell we were going through.”

Wood says the lesion was discovered during a basic pre-tour check-up he and the rest of the Rolling Stone generally go through. He added that if cancer was found beyond the lesion: “I wasn’t go to go through chemo. I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body.”

Wood will have a check-up every three months and is sending a message for people to get regular screenings as well: “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.”

Before Wood, Stones drummer Charlie Watts was treated for throat cancer in 2004, while former Stones bassist Bill Wyman has revealed he’s battling prostate cancer, though with a prognosis for a full recovery.

The Stones return to the road for a No Filter European tour starting Sept. 9 in Germany.