Rikki Rockett battling oral cancer

Rikki Rockett has revealed that he is is battling oral cancer.

The Poison drummer opened up about his diagnosis on SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth.net) on Monday and revealed that he was diagnosed over the summer.

“[In] June, I kind of got sick. I had this horrible cold, sore-throat thing, and they were scoping me and they were doing biopsies, and nothing was coming up,” he told Trunk.

“Finally a doctor at USC did a biopsy and took a look and he said, ‘I believe you have oral cancer.’ And what it was is a tumor at the base of my tongue.”

According to Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancers are part of a group of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and of all head and neck cancers they comprise about 85% of that category. Brain cancer is a cancer category unto itself, and is not included in the head and neck cancer group.