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Australian Olympic champion Mack Horton has had a lucky escape after an eagle-eyed fan spotted a mole on his chest that had changed in colour and grown over the past few years.

Mack has revealed that the fan, who is remaining anonymous, emailed his swim team doctor and told him to get the mole checked after they noticed the change when looking through photos and videos of the swimmer.

It turns out the mole was potentially cancerous and Mack had to have surgery to remove it! He posted a photo of his bandage on social media with a message, saying: “Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out. Good call. Very good call.”

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and with Mack spending so much time out in the sun for his training, it’s no wonder his doctor sent him straight to the specialist.

If left untreated, skin cancer can quickly spread to other parts of the body, which is why it’s so important to to be checked regularly.

The Cancer Council says everyone should keep a close eye on any moles they have and look out for any changes in shape or colour over time.

Around 66 per cent of Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with around 2,000 Australians die each year from skin cancer.

Mack said he’s grateful to the fan for speaking up when they did. Since winning his gold medal at the Rio Olympics, Mack has been taking time off and travelling with his girlfriend heading back to uni to study business.

No doubt he’s thanking his lucky stars he caught this potentially life-threatening problem just in time!

Have you had to have any moles removed? Are you careful about suncare and looking after your skin?

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  1. I went to the doctor about a chest pain, when he was checking my heart beat with his stethoscope he noticed a suspicious mark on my back.
    it turned out to be a malignant Melanoma in its early stages. It was subsequently removed and am now fully recovered.
    My chest pain turned out to be nothing but it saved my life. The Melanoma may not have been discovered till it was too late.

  2. As a nurse I have found several melanomas on friends and patients. As a mother I taught my son about melanomas. His father and I were separated and my son had shared parenting. One day he inadvertently entered the bathroom when his dad was in there semi dressed.My son noticed the ugly mole on his dad’s chest. When he came home to me he told me. Cut a long story short,we took action. It was an advanced melanoma fortunately spreading out not in. All the right things happened from then on including fairly major surgery. But my son’s dad is alive & cancer free 10yrs later thanks to my son and what he learn’ t from me.
    Know what to look for, teach others and act on your concern is my advice.

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