Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson treated for tongue cancer

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, pictured in October 2013. AFP/ Getty Images

LONDON – Iron Maiden says singer Bruce Dickinson has been treated for cancer of the tongue, but hopes to be back to full fitness soon.

A statement posted Thursday on the band’s official website says a cancerous tumour was discovered during a check-up in December, and Dickinson has completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

It says the prognosis is “extremely good,” and doctors expect Dickinson to make a full recovery, “with the all-clear envisaged by late May.”

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Dickinson, 56, joined the British metal megastars in the early 1980s, and is also a commercial airline pilot. Iron Maiden’s hits include “Run to the Hills” and “The Number of the Beast.”

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