Author: Jocelyn Vena

Send Green Day your well wishes.  The band confirmed on Dec. 5 that guitarist Jason White was recently diagnosed with tonsil cancer.

The band shared the news with their fans on their official website.

“We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer,” the statement reads. Rolling Stone first posted the statement. “Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery. Please join us in sending him love and positive healing vibes during this time.”

The 41-year-old has been playing with Green Day since the late 90’s, serving as the band’s touring guitarist. In 2012, with the release of ¡Uno!¡Dos! and ¡Tre! he officially became a full-time member of the legendary punk band. He has also worked with lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong on the side project Pinhead Gunpowder.

*This news story was resourced by the Oral Cancer Foundation, and vetted for appropriateness and accuracy.