Iron Maiden star’s cancer

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson
Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson
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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has revealed he is battling cancer.

The heavy metal rocker, who was schooled in Sheffield, has undergone treatment for a cancerous tumour on his tongue.

The 56-year-old, who was born in Worksop, was diagnosed with cancer during a routine check-up just before Christmas. He has just completed a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology.

A statement on Iron Maiden’s official website said: “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.”

Fans took to Twitter to offer messages of support for The Number Of The Beast singer.

Stuart Hollis wrote: “Sending best wishes to the legend that is Bruce Dickinson”, while Steve O’Donoghue tweeted: “Let’s all hope it was caught soon enough. My all time hero!!! #brucedickinson get well soon.”

Iron Maiden toured Europe last summer.