Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood reveals details of his cancer battle

News 07/08/2017

Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood has revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer three months ago.

Wood, 70, has been a chainsmoker for more than 50 years, and had an anxious wait to see if the cancer had spread.

There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains - time to say goodbye," he told the Daily Mail.

"You never know what is going to happen."

But he says he's relieved he doesn't have to undergo chemotherapy, after having a five-hour operation to remove part of his lung.

"I wasn't going to use that bayonet in my body [and] this hair wasn't going anywhere."

He'll need check-ups every three months from here on.

"They caught it early," he told the Mail

"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."

He quit smoking in 2016 before his twin daughters were born.