Superstar singer Rod Stewart had a cancer scare after doctors found a lump during a routine medical.
The brave 73-year-old tried to play down the scare because he didn't want to worry friends and family.
An insider revealed: "He did not want to make a fuss".
The lump was found during a standard screening in 2016. Stewart was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate while an operation was discussed by doctors.
But it is understood he was told he had benign prostatic hyperplasia and did not need surgery.
Now, he must have regular check-ups to keep on top of the condition.
During the ordeal Rod, who is married to Penny Lancaster, 47, only told those closest to him.
However, after other celebrities talked publicly about their prostate cancer battles, the singer took a different view.
A friend said last night: "Rod had been feeling a bit lethargic but didn't think there was anything too wrong.
"But his prostate was found to be enlarged which came as a huge shock. Luckily the prognosis was excellent and didn't require surgery.
"Rod told those closest to him he had prostate problems but, at the time, didn't want to make a big fuss.
"But this scare's made him even more mindful of his health and now he's fitter than ever. He feels very lucky."
The survival rate for early-stage prostate cancer is 99 per cent after ten years, regardless of whether patients have surgery, radiation or active monitoring.
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