Australian Olympic Gold medalist Mack Horton recently had a suspicious mole removed thanks to a thoughtful person who emailed his team’s doctor about it, CNN reported. The 20-year-old won the 400 meter freestyle during the Rio Olympics.
Last Friday on social media, the champion swimmer posted a photo of himself giving a thumbs up on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He was wearing a bandage on his chest covering where it appears that he had a large mole removed.
He captioned the photo with, “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.”
Horton offered no further comments about whether or not he had the mole tested, or if it tested positive for cancer. Getting regular mole checks from a dermatologist can be life-saving.
The Huffington Post reported that in Australia, 1,500 people die every year from melanoma, according to Craig Sinclair, the chair of the Skin Cancer Committee for the Cancer Council Australia. Nearly two in three Australians will receive a skin cancer diagnosis by age 70.
Horton’s Facebook post became inundated with supportive reactions, many wishing him a quick recovery. The Melanoma Institute Australia also commented on his post, saying, “We’re glad to hear you had the mole checked out. Thanks for helping raise awareness about how important it is to get a skin check.”
Hopefully Horton will experience a safe recovery from his mole removal and will inspire others to be vigilant about getting their moles checked out annually.
Banner photo: Facebook, Mack Horton