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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson treated for cancer

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Image caption Iron Maiden headlined last year's Sonisphere Festival, ending a three-year world tour.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is being treated for cancer.

A statement on the band's website said he was diagnosed just before Christmas after a small cancerous tumour was found at the back of his tongue.

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

"As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good," the statement said.

"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 tumour 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."

The veteran metal band finished a three-year world tour in July 2014 with a headline slot at the Sonisphere Festival.

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

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