Former Australia captain Michael Clarke had skin cancer removed from his forehead this week. The legendary cricketer has had previous battles with melanoma. The 38-year old underwent the invasive procedure and shared a graphic photo to Instagram on Saturday. In 2006, he had ditched his baggy green cap for a wide-brimmed hat after being diagnosed with skin cancer.
He was previously operated on to remove three cancers from his nose and lips. The medical condition, however, never compelled him to miss games during his illustrious career. Last year, he spoke about his previous skin cancer battles.
Clarke told Seven’s The Morning Show that he goes for a check up every six to twelve months for a routine checkup. In 2014, Michael appeared in the Cancer Council’s ad campaign where he advised fans to keep an eye on their skin.
“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 had said.
And after yet another successful operation, Michael Clarke took to Instagram to share the good news with his fans. The World Cup-winning captain had advice for the youngsters as he wrote:
“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.”
In the photo, Michael is seen pushing his hair back to reveal stitches between his eyebrows.
Michael Clarke brought down curtains on his illustrious career after the conclusion of the 2015 Ashes in England. In his glittering career, he scored 8,643 runs in 115 Tests and chalked up 28 centuries. In 2013, he had led Australia to a famous 5-0 whitewash over England in the Ashes. Two years later, he guided Australia to their fifth World Cup title.