Aussie legend Michael Clarke underwent skin cancer surgery, makes heartfelt appeal
Australia’s World Cup winning, former Australia captain Michael Clarke revealed on Saturday that he had skin cancer removed from his forehead earlier this week.
That was the third such surgery since his battle started with the disease in 2006, the year when he was diagnosed with three non-melanoma lesions.
The 38-year old shared a picture on his Instagram page after the surgical procedure on his forehead.
“Another day, another skin cancer cut out of my face… youngsters out there make sure you are doing all the right things to protect yourself from the sun,’ he captioned.
This time around, he had cancer removed from in the area between his eyebrows. In the Instagram photo, the surgery marks are seen, the legendary cricketer is seen pushing his hair back to reveal stitches.
The legendary Aussie figure has been trying his best to raise awareness since long. According to 7news, Clarke has been a Cancer Council ambassador since 2010.
“Aussie blokes and women need to keep a close eye on your skin, particularly look in those hard to see places, and familiarize yourself with your body,” Clarke said.
Australia is the country with one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Most of the cases were caused by exposure to UV radiation in sunlight.
According to the Cancer Council, 1960 people died from skin cancer in Australia in 2016.
It is just after two months from the former Australia Test captain, Ian Chappell, revealed he was battling with the disease.
Chappell, 75, said he had several skin cancers removed over the years and recently underwent radiotherapy. He was operated on his neck and armpit.
“A bit of tiredness at night and a bit of skin irritation, but other than that I’m feeling pretty good,” he had said after making his battle with the disease public.
Another former captain Richie Benaud died of skin cancer in April, 2015.
Clarke played 115 Tests and 245 one-day internationals for Australia.