Kenny Rogers is no “Coward of the County.” Last Wednesday, the country legend revealed on Instagram that he underwent surgery to treat his skin cancer.
Seventy five-year-old Rogers posted a smiling photo of himself with the right side of his temple padded with bandage. Noticeably behind him was a framed photo of himself and his wife, Wanda Miller. Accompanying Kenny’s wonderful photo was the following post:
“…but you should see the other guy! Had a bit of skin cancer removed today — I recommend everyone go get checked, especially since May is National Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month. Don’t worry though, I’m gonna look great in Knoxville this weekend!”
According to the Daily Mail, Rogers had a basal-cell carcinoma removed last Thursday. On Instagram, Kenny gave a hearty shout-out to his helpful physicians, Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian.
He also encouraged his 2000-plus followers to wear sunscreen.
This was Kenny Rogers’ second cancer growth removal. Alongside his surgery announcement, Rogers also expressed his support for the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
Kenny was not the first celebrity to undergo cancer growth removal. Just shortly before Kenny’s Instagram post, Hugh Jackman made news when he revealed that he had a small basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose.
Kenny’s surgery is also in time for an exhibit made in his honor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where he was inducted last year. The exhibit will be a celebration of Rogers’ five decades of contribution to country. Museum director Kyle Young said:
“Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense. He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision.”
Kenny mentioned on Radio.com that he was glad to see himself honored now instead of when he was at the peak of his success, saying that he might have appreciated it less during his glory days as a country performer.
Rogers started his career in the mid-50s, where he began as a rockabilly performer with music group The Scholars. He also ventured into jazz until finding his one true love in country music during the early 70s, after a couple of failed performances. Today, Kenny is known as one of the most influential figures in country and perhaps the most influential living country performer.
Kenny Rogers is set to appear in Knoxville for “Stars on Stage,” an annual fundraising concert.
[Image from Instagram]