Sir Rod Stewart 'Clear of Prostate Cancer'

Tim Locke

September 16, 2019

Sir Rod Stewart has told a fundraising event he'd been treated for prostate cancer for 2 years and is now clear of the disease.

He was speaking at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey at an event organised by Small Faces drummer Kenny Jones, who'd also been treated for prostate cancer.

It is the UK's most common male cancer with around 47,600 newly diagnosed cases in 2016, according to Cancer Research UK.

The 'Evening with Kenny Jones & Friends' was in aid of the Prostate Project and the European Tour Foundation and saw a one-night only reunion of the Small Faces, with Ronnie Wood, and Sir Rod.

Halfway through, Sir Rod told the audience about his prostate cancer diagnosis in February 2016 during a routine check-up but said that it was caught early enough for successful treatment, and he had since been given the all clear.

The 74-year old singer also advised men to get checked.

The Daily Mirror reports him saying: "No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests."

He continued: "Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor."

And he used the occasion to describe the digital rectal examination: "Finger up the bum, no harm done."

The UK does not have a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening programme due to concerns about false-positives.

Prostate Cancer Celebrities

Sir Rod's experience adds him to other UK celebrities treated for prostate cancer, including Stephen Fry, TV presenter Bill Turnbull, and actor Jim Broadbent.

Celebrities going public with cancer experiences are welcomed by health groups as a means of raising awareness and encouraging medical checks for suspicious symptoms.

Prostate Project President Tim Sharp said in a statement: "Experience has shown what a big difference high profile celebrities can make when they 'come out' about their cancer – Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull revealing their battles with prostate cancer are a good case in point.

"We have no doubt that Sir Rod's decision to announce his fight with the disease will be equally effective. We are hugely grateful to him and his wife Penny for using our fundraiser to make his announcement that will benefit so many men."

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