Rod Stewart's cancer journey
Sir Roderick Stewart – one of the great British rock legends – seems tireless even now, at the age of 73. But the singer’s brilliant career could have ended in early aughts after an event that changed his life forever – a diagnosis of thyroid cancer.
Stewart went for a regular checkup and had the shock of his life – a CAT scan revealed a thyroid cancer. The singer had never thought the disease could affect him; he has played soccer for most of his life and leads an overall healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, the cancer was found early and removed soon after the diagnosis. But that was not the end of Sir Roderick's ordeal. Before the surgery, the singer was told that he might lose his voice. Yet, luckily for Stewart, he started to regain his voice as expected (about six months after the surgery), but his singing voice is an octave down now.
Sir Roderick doesn’t see himself as a fighter. Speaking about his cancer diagnosis and its outcome, he says he is just lucky to have been diagnosed early, and urges others to go get checked. The singer also supports The City of Hope Foundation charity, which aims to find a cure for various types of cancer, especially those affecting children.
What is thyroid cancer?
Thyroid cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer, affecting 14 to 15 individuals in 100,000 people in the United States. Women are much more likely to be affected by the disease than men are. Exposure to high doses of radiation and certain inherited disorders can increase the risk of thyroid cancer.
The disease is usually symptomless in the beginning, but it eventually starts to show symptoms, such as the following:
- a lump at the base of the neck;
- swollen lymph nodes in the neck;
- difficulty swallowing;
- pain in the neck;
- a sore throat.
Thyroid cancer is highly curable if found early. Five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 98.1%.
The disease isn't talked about very often. But if you were exposed to radiation or have other risk factors, don't be afraid to discuss this with your doctor.
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