Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch diagnosed with cancer

Adam Yauch, aka MCA from the Beastie Boys, has announced that he is suffering from cancer. The 44-year-old, speaking alongside fellow Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, posted a video on the band's official website earlier today.

Yauch explained that he has cancer of the Parotoid gland and will undergo surgery next week and then radiation therapy. The bad news means that the legendary New York group have had to cancel a number of concerts this summer and the release of their forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee has also been delayed.

Despite the seriousness of the news both MCA and Ad-Rock were upbeat and Yauch made it clear that the cancer was treatable: "The good news is that it's only localized in this one area, and it's not in a place that effects my voice... so it's a pain in the ass and a setback, but it's treatable in most cases."

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