Mark Hunter, the frontman of metal band Chimaira, has confirmed news that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. 

The American heavy metal band, formed in 1998, became a pivotal member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene. While Chimaira did call it a day in 2014, the band returned in 2017 for a special one-off performance.

Now though, their lead singer has revealed how a regular visit to the doctor resulted in the discovery of a mass in his neck. “Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck,” Hunter wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive. A week ago, I had half of my thyroid removed so doctors could better test the tumor. The results were positive for Papillary cancer—the most common of thyroid cancers.”

He added: “Luckily, it also has a high cure rate. There is no known cause for this type of cancer, but it’s likely genetic. There weren’t any symptoms either. The next step is to remove the rest of my thyroid on August 12th and explore radioactive iodine treatment. I should probably sit on a beach somewhere after that.”

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