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The Rolling Stones guitarist opened up about his cancer scare, saying by rights I shouldnt be here

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

During a routine health check, his doctor asked if he could also check his heart, lungs and blood and discovered what Wood describes as a supernova burning away on my left lung He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: Just get it out of me. The cancer hadnt spread to his lymph nodes, meaning that after a five-hour operation, Wood is healthy for now.

Wood, who smoked for 50 years before giving up when his wife gave birth to twin daughters, told the Mail on Sunday that he hadnt considered chemo but not because he didnt think it would work. Its more I wasnt going to lose my hair. This hair wasnt going anywhere. I said, No way. And I just kept the faith it would be all right. He had to wait for a week before receiving his test results: There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains, time to say goodbye.

Wood warned: People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then Ive always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldnt be here.

He wrote on Twitter he was: feeling great and ready to see you on the road next month.

Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood)

Thank you for all your words of support today ~ I’m feeling great and ready to see you on the road next month https://t.co/qYMWrGpzpp

August 6, 2017

The Rolling Stones are going on tour in September, with 14 gigs across Europe though none in the UK thanks to a lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/aug/07/ronnie-wood-chemotherapy-lung-cancer-hair-rolling-stones