• 8/16/2004
  • Canada
  • Healthtalk.ca

When high-profile Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts decided to go public with his battle against throat cancer, it did much more than shock us, it raised the awareness of this deadly disease.

Sadly, there was a time when celebrities like Watts would keep their health issues secret, out of the public eye. However, those days appear to be behind us and we owe Charlie Watts a big “thank you”, for his decision.

It isn’t easy telling the world you’re ill.

Charlie Watts has opened our eyes, it’s now up to us to ensure the continued funding of cancer research to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Watts, 63, was diagnosed with throat cancer in June, after he discovered a lump in this throat. He has been undergoing radiotherapy for about four weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.