Queen’s Brian May Reveals He’s Undergoing Tests for Cancer

Some alarming news has emerged about the recent health issues Queen guitarist Brian May has been battling.  In a lengthy message posted over the weekend on his official website, the 66-year-old rocker explained that recent MRI scans he took to determine the cause of excruciating pain he's been experiencing in his lower back over the past few months had uncovered some abnormalities in his vertebrae, which doctors deemed "needed urgent attention."
 

May reported that around the Christmas holiday he'd "been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer."  Brian admitted that "hearing the 'C' word" caused him great anxiety, since he's had many friends who have been stricken with the disease, and his own father died of cancer at 66, "exactly the age I am now."
 

The good news: May learned on Saturday that none of the scans he'd taken showed any evidence of cancer.  He also reported that he was scheduled to undergo one more series of tests this past Monday.  "Humbled by response to my 'health scare' getting on the news," he posted Tuesday.  "Nothing new to report tonight but I am in good spirit."
 

May also noted that his son, Jimmy, is a physiotherapist who worked on his back and was able to give him "a pain-free Christmas."  May adds that the success of his son's treatment "says that the pain was about muscles and nerves after all, and was not coming from whatever those strange things on my bones are."
 

Summing up the status of his prognosis, May says his doctors have "been really positive, reassuring me that if they did find anything in the 'C' word category, it was almost certainly treatable with success."
 

Brian posted another message on Monday thanking fans for their positive wishes and outpouring of concern.
 

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