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Rod Stewart kept cancer diagnosis hidden from friends as close pal admits he 'didn't know'

Rod Stewart kept cancer diagnosis hidden from friends as close pal admits he 'didn't know' 1

Sir Rod Stewart, 74, kept his battle with prostate cancer a secret until he shared the news with the audience at a fundraising event for the Prostate Project. It has now been revealed that the rockstar, who was diagnosed with the disease back in 2017, also hid his illness from one of his closest friends.

Scots singer Johnny Mac, who toured with Rod and spent a great deal of time with him backstage, admitted he never mentioned that he was suffering from cancer.

The performer told the Mirror: “You wouldn’t have known.

“My dad had the same cancer, and he was always asking about my dad’s check-ups.”

Johnny recalled that he only found out about his pal’s diagnosis after he got the “all clear” from doctors.

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Sir Rod’s wife Penny Lancaster also discussed her other half’s “aggressive” cancer diagnosis on Loose Women.

Recalling the day he got diagnosed, she said: “We were in London. He’s very up on his health. He doesn’t believe in retirement, he wants to keep going forever, so he’s always getting screenings and tests.

“Rod had a few symptoms. It started moving quite quickly, the results, the numbers. They said we best do a rectal exam. It’s the only way. A specialist has to do that. And they did find a lump.”

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Penny then explained: “We got the shock news it was cancer. 

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