Brian May reveals he is undergoing tests for cancer

Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he is undergoing tests for cancer.

May explained on his website that on the run up to Christmas he experienced agonising pain, "So bad I had to give up on going anywhere if there was standing up involved," he said.

Queen guitarist Brian May is undergoing tests for cancer. Credit: Press Association

He explained that since then he had undergone several scans which showed up "all kinds of mechanical disc and vertebra problems that might be the cause of the pain, but there were also some abnormalities in the bones - things that the report said needed urgent attention.

"So around Christmas I've been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer."

The musician says he has been "overwhelmed" by the kind messages he has received after going public with his health, adding he will be undergoing a further scan today.