Queen guitarist Brian May has reassured fans that fears he could have cancer may have been unfounded.
The rock star, who has a home in Dorset, wrote on his website that after a series of scans, the news seems to be good.
He complained of severe pain that affected his ability to stand up before Christmas, and initial MRI scans showed there were “abnormalities in the bones”, leading to further investigation over the Christmas period.
May, who has been leading a campaign against the culling of badgers, later said he was feeling optimistic despite the health scare.
The 66-year-old said in a website post over the weekend that he was “shocked at all the media attention” he received about his health scare.
“I suddenly realised how uncomfortable it feels to be getting attention for those kinds of reasons,” he said.
But he added: “I’m comforted by the thought that probable good news spreads a lot more slowly than probable bad news.”
He said although doctors have told him his prognosis “won’t be crystal clear for a while yet”, mainly it is good news.
“Basically I am still in diagnostic-land, but hopefully not for much longer,” he said. “All the tests I’ve had have come back with good reports, and so most of the ills that were possibilities a couple of weeks ago are now ruled out.
“My friendly prof took me through the prostate part of it very methodically. The first exploratory MRI scans weren’t really aimed at the prostate, but at the spine, so he did manual and ultrasound explorations and said he was pretty sure that there was nothing seriously wrong, but he wanted to see a dedicated prostate MRI.
“I did that over New Year, and it showed up some small possible problem areas. I then had a choice. He said I could either wait for a few months and have another similar scan, and see if anything was developing, or he could put a needle in and take samples; a biopsy.
“So, rather than sit worrying for months, I opted for the latter. Though it’s not a joyride, I was unconscious for most of it.”