Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has revealed he is being treated for tongue cancer.
A statement on the British rock band’s official website confirmed that the 56-year-old singer has undergone treatment for a small tumour on the back of his tongue, which was discovered during a routine check-up at the end of last year.
The statement read: "As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce's medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all-clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness.
"In the meantime, we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family's privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive."
The band’s official website also confirmed that the singer has just completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology.
The band are due to hit the road on a tour of Europe from May 27, but have urged fans to be patient.