Image: Richard Young via @ronniewood Twitter
Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood has revealed that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer.
The musician received the news back in May and has opened up about his condition in an exclusive interview with Event Magazine.
The cancer was found during a routine check up and resulted in a 5-hour operation where part of his lung was removed.
"I’ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer.
"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 went along to see our good old doctor, Richard Dawood, because we [Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts] all have to be checked before we go on tour, and he asked me if I wanted him to go deeper and check my heart, lungs and blood.
"I said, 'Go for it.'"
The musician said that he wasn't too surprised when he heard the diagnosis.
"I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smoking a year ago: 'How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smoking – and all the rest of my bad habits – without something going on in there?'
"And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung."
Ronnie hadn't had his chest screened since 2002 and went through weeks of testing to find out whether the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes.
He had also decided that if it had, he was not going to go through chemotherapy.
"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.'"
The Rolling Stone says he's okay now but will be getting regular check ups to monitor his lungs.