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Bruce Dickinson battles tongue cancer

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is being treated for tongue cancer, a statement on the metal band’s website said.

The statement said Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed just before Christmas after a small cancerous tumor was found at the back of his tongue.

Bruce Dickinson has just completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

“As the tumor was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good,” the statement said.Bruce Dickinson tongue cancer

“Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May.”

The statement also asked for patience and respect for the singer, who is also a pilot and businessman, and his family’s privacy.

An update on his progress will be given by the end of May.

The tumor was discovered after a routine doctor’s check-up led to tests and a biopsy.

The statement concluded that “Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive”.

Iron Maiden finished a three-year world tour in July 2014 with a headline slot at the Sonisphere Festival.

While on stage Bruce Dickinson hinted a new album could be on its way.