News Tokyo Purin Singer Takashi Makino Diagnosed with Cancer
posted on 2010-07-26 14:41 EDT
The Japanese singing duo Tokyo Purin announced on Saturday that member Takashi Makino, 46, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Makino revealed his condition during a live appearance on the Sendai Television variety program Ara Ara Kashiko.
Makino said he went to a doctor in mid-June because of stomach pains. He discovered that water had built up in his heart and both lungs. Makino underwent surgery to remove the water, and that was when his doctor found malignant cancer cells in Makino's lungs. The singer was notified on June 28. Makino said he was in disbelief when he was told about the cancer, since he quit smoking at the age 32. He also said he does not plan to quit his work, but the extent of his activities will depend on his doctor's advice.