Published Aug 01, 2019Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter has revealed he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Hunter shared the news in a Facebook post today.
"Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck. I had two fine needle biopsies, but the results were inconclusive," Hunter recalled.
He continued: "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. 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.
Hunter revealed that "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."
"My hope is this inspires you to stay on top of your health," Hunter wrote. "A routine physical could save your life." You can read his full statement below.
Chimaira called it quits in 2014, following the release of their seventh studio album Crown of Phantoms in 2013. The Ohio outfit reunited for a one-off concert at Cleveland's Agora Theater in December of 2017.