MUSIC legend Sir Rod Stewart has revealed he battled prostate cancer.

The 74-year-old singer was diagnosed in February 2016 during a routine check-up and fought the disease for three years.

He opened up about his cancer battle during a fundraising evening for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation in Surrey with former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood. 

The rocker, who plays the Hydro in November, also urged men to have their prostates checked, The Daily Mirror reports.

He said: " Two years ago I was ­diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"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 added: “Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor," before he joked: "Finger up the bum, no harm done.”

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Celtic fan Rod, who regularly visits Glasgow to watch the Parkhead side, said that he kept positive throughout his treatment and was told he was in remission in July.

He said: "If you’re positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face… I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.”

The star, whose father is Scottish, then shared a hug with Ronnie, 72, who has battled lung cancer, to an emotional round of applause. The Rolling Stones guitarist told him: “Somebody up there likes us, Rod.”

Rod also previously underwent emergency surgery for throat cancer. Surgeons cut through his throat muscles to remove a cancerous growth. The tumour was picked up during a routine scan in 2000. The singer had to retrain his voice after the operation. 

Prostate Project president Tim Sharp said: “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.”

The charity urges men aged between 50 and 70 to consult their GP routinely for a PSA prostate cancer test. Prostate is the number one male cancer killer in the UK.

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