Green Day guitarist White diagnosed with tonsil cancer

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Posted: Dec 08, 2014 2:11 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Green Day guitarist Jason White has been diagnosed with a form of tonsil cancer that is treatable, the rock group said on Monday.

Doctors found the cancer while White underwent a tonsillectomy, the band said in a statement posted on its website.

White, 41, is expected to make a full recovery, Green Day said.

The guitarist has played with Green Day since the late 1990s but did not become a full member until 2012.

The band, known for its 2004 "American Idiot" album, is fronted by guitarist-singer Billie Joe Armstrong. It found mainstream success as a punk rock trio with its 1994 album "Dookie," which had several MTV and radio hits including "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around."

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Matthew Lewis)