Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, 61, and Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford, 54, separately revealed they are each battling prostate cancer.
Commerford admitted he did not intend to share his diagnosis with the world, but, as NBC reports, he felt compelled to do so when he learned Taylor had shared he also has cancer.
In November, Duran Duran—best known for pop hits such as “Hungry Like the Wolf” from 1982 and ”Ordinary World” from 1993—was inducted into to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Los Angeles. At that time, it was revealed that Taylor, who was no present, had been battling health issues.
“Just over four years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic prostate cancer,” Taylor wrote in a prepared induction speech. “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease, and of course, we are no different; so I speak from the perspective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have and this exceptional accolade.”
While watching the ceremony on TV, recalls Commerford, “I saw [Duran Duran] onstage and wondered, Where’s Andy Taylor and why do they have this other guy in here?! Then it was like, ‘Andy Taylor is suffering from Stage IV prostate cancer and is unable to make it.’”
Click below to watch the members of Duran Duran talk about Taylor at the Rock and Roll induction ceremony:
Commerford toured with metal-meets-rap Rage Against the Machine over the summer and said his bandmates knew about his condition. He said he takes a lot of pride in taking care of himself, “but it’s something where either you’re lucky or not.”
“I’ve been trying to find support groups, and it’s hard to find people and hard to talk about it. The suffering part of it, the physical suffering after the surgery, I’ve never felt pain quite like that,” he said.
Commerford hopes sharing his experience may help others. “I hope there’s one person who reads this and is like, ‘I need to get checked out,’ when they find out about it,” he said.
To learn more about this type of cancer, see the Cancer Health Basics on Prostate Cancer. It reads in part:
What is prostate cancer?
Cancer develops when cells grow out of control. Prostate cancer is a typically slow-growing cancer of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized organ located under the bladder and in front of the rectum. But in some cases, the cancer can grow rapidly and spread beyond the prostate, a process known as metastasis.
Who gets prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men besides skin cancer, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. About 174,600 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. But because it usually progresses slowly, the death rate is relatively low at around 31,600 per year.
Older men are more likely to get prostate cancer. About 60% of cases are diagnosed in men 65 or older, and it is uncommon in men under 40. African-American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer than white or Hispanic men, while Asian men have a lower risk.
For more insight, check out the Cancer Health blog posts for Daniel Zeller, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, and Fans for the Cure, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and raising awareness about prostate cancer. In their blog posts, you’ll find videos, webinars, personal anecdotes and much more.