BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music legend Mark Radcliffe diagnosed with mouth cancer

"It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine."

BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe has announced that he’ll take a break from the airwaves while he receives treatment for cancer.

The 60-year-old announced that he has mouth cancer live on air during Wednesday night’s broadcast of The Folk Show.

He wished listeners an early Merry Christmas and vowed that he would return to the station in the New Year.

“Here’s a thing”, Radcliffe wrote on Twitter.

“I’m sad to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues and so, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m going to be disappearing for a while to get that all sorted out.

“It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine.”

He added: “All being well I’ll be back in action in the new year – or sooner if I feel well enough – but I will be back, you can depend on it.”

A BBC spokesperson added: “Everyone at Radio 2 and 6 Music wishes Mark well and we look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”

Radcliffe also received warm wishes from some of BBC Radio’s most recognisable personalities – including Claudia Winkleman and Simon Mayo.

|Hey get well soon Mark! Look forward to your full recovery. And happy Christmas to you too”, Mayo wrote.