Cricket star’s skin cancer warning
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has opened up about his brush with cancer, encouraging younger people to protect themselves more when out in the sun.
The 38-year-old shared a picture on Instagram revealing he had gotten "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 added.
Michael's post was praised by his followers on Instagram, who commended the sports star for using his social media to spread skin cancer awareness.
"You have made me book an appointment bro!" former Olympic swimmer Grant Hackett wrote.
"While it's awful that you're going through this Michael - it's a great platform for you to get your message out to the youth of Australia," another person commented.
Clarke had his first skin cancer removed in 2006 when he was still playing cricket for Australia.
During an appearance on Today Extra last year, Clarke revealed he has had "six or seven" skin cancers removed from his face, as well as numerous others cut from his body.
"I think I went to my GP at 18 or 19 and they sent me to a dermatologist to have a check, and through Cricket Australia we used to get yearly checks," he said.
Getting check-ups from an early age, Clarke has now accepted that his skin was just something he needed to keep a close eye on for the rest of his life.
"Once I had my first check I thought really this is just something I've got to monitor," he said. "It's more just noticing if you see a difference in a spot on my body or my face, then (I) go and get it checked.
"Fortunately now I think the fact that I got every six months or maximum 12 months I feel a lot better about it (and) that I'm seeing an expert."
Clarke's brush with skin cancer hasn't been the only health scare for the sports star and his wife, interior designer Kyly.
In August the couple revealed to A Current Affair that their daughter Kelsey-Lee had been diagnosed with asthma after a terrifying episode saw the three-year-old rushed to hospital unable to breathe.
"I think the scariest part for me was the unknown. I didn't know exactly what was wrong," the former Test captain said.
Once in hospital Kelsey-Lee was diagnosed with asthma.
"You don't want to be there, as a parent. You don't want to see your child in that hospital," Clarke said of his little girl's hospital stay. "It's a horrible feeling, to be honest."