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RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy revealed he’s been battling liver cancer for the past three years.

Pearcy offered up details in a new interview with Shawn Ratches from Laughingmonkeymusic saying, “How I found out is just through a blood test. I had hepatitis. Well, then, getting another checkup, I found out, ‘By the way, you’ve got a bit of cancer thing going there. We’ve gotta get in there.’ Then your whole world changes. Still, I didn’t feel like it needed to be out there until I started feeling guilty. Like, ‘Wow, man, I can help some people.’ Get blood tests. Take care of yourself.”

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Pearcy added, “Everything’s kind of copacetic now. I’m on a ritual and monitoring things. I don’t know why I’m still here, but, look, I’m appreciating every day and minute above ground here, because all of our peers are seemingly disappearing. And it’s such a drag. But it’s under control.”

The singer also mentioned, “But now I feel like I need to say something just because, hey, take care of yourselves. I wanna see our fans and friends, I wanna see them around. I mean, we’ve gotten to know a lot of these people 36, 37 years later. And if it can help one or two or however many people, then great…I’ve lost a lot of friends — I mean, a lot of friends — from this. And look, we’re getting older. It’s okay. I still feel like I’m 20-something, but I just don’t act it. And you’ve just gotta really take care of yourselves. ‘Cause I talk to some of my friends out there, and, they let me in and I talk to ’em. And it doesn’t need to be public. I’ll talk to somebody if they’re having a life trip. And why not? I mean, hey, if you can help somebody, you can help somebody.”

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.