Sir Rod Stewart reveals he secretly battled prostate cancer

Rod Stewart arrives at Celtic Park for a UEFA Champions League qualifying round in Glasgow, Scotland. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rod Stewart arrives at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, for a football match. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sir Rod Stewart has revealed he has beaten prostate cancer after battling the illness in secret for around two years.

The ‘Maggie May’ singer, 74, was diagnosed with the condition in 2017 during a routine check-up, and was given the all-clear in July this year.

He went public with his illness during a fundraising event for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charity in Surrey this weekend, after joking that he had warned his wife, Penny Lancaster, he was going to “come out” that evening.

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According to the Daily Mirror, he then told the audience he had battled the illness.

“Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer,” said the star.

“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody.

LONDON, -, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/05/23: Sir Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster seen during the Tramp Nightclub 50th Anniversary Party, Jermyn Street. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Sir Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster at the Tramp Nightclub 50th anniversary party in Jermyn Street, London. (Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“I’m in the clear now, simply because I caught it early.

“I have so many tests.”

Stewart also urged other men to get checked out early.

“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor,” he told the men in the audience.

“Finger up the bum, no harm done.”

Stewart added that he got through his treatment by staying positive.

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The singer has been married to Loose Women star Lancaster since 2007.

The pair have two children, Alastair, 13, and eight-year-old Aiden, and Stewart has six more children with four other women.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to Prostate Cancer UK, which says that more than 47,500 men are diagnosed with the illness every year.

One in 8 men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.