04/10/2018 07:16 BST | Updated 04/10/2018 09:23 BST

Mark Radcliffe Reveals He Has Cancer During Radio 2 'Folk Show' Broadcast

'I’m going to be disappearing for a while.'

Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe has revealed he has cancer.

The 60-year-old told listeners of his Wednesday night ‘Folk Show’ that he would be taking time off while he is treated for “cancerous tongue and lymph node issues”.

Mark Radcliffe

The broadcaster said: “Now – here’s a thing – I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues and so, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m going to be disappearing for a while to get that all sorted out.

“It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.”

Mark, who is also a BBC Radio 6 Music presenter added: “All being well I’ll be back in action in the new year – or sooner if I feel well enough – but I will be back, you can depend on it. I just can’t say exactly when that will be.

“So you won’t hear from me for a while now and therefore… well… Merry Christmas I guess. Life eh?”

Ricky Ross will stand in for Mark on The Folk Show for the next few weeks.

A BBC spokesperson said: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”

Mark’s fellow Radio 2 presenters sent their well wishes on Twitter after hearing the news.

Simon Mayo tweeted: “Hey get well soon Mark! Look forward to your full recovery.”

Ken Bruce added: “So sorry to hear this. Hope you’re back in action very soon.”

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