Olympic Champion Saved By Eagle-Eyed Fan Who Spotted Cancer

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An Olympic gold medallist has been potentially saved from cancer after a fan noticed a dangerous looking mole on the swimmer’s chest. 

The 400m freestyle winner took to Instagram this morning, showing that he had undergone surgery to have the mole removed, admitting that a concerned fan had emailed the Australian to give him a heads up about it, reports the Daily Mail.

He wrote: 

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.

The post was accompanied by a photo of Mack giving a thumbs up with a bandage on his chest.

Harrowingly, photos and videos of Horton from the Olympics clearly show a mole on his upper chest which visibly got larger and darker over a matter of years.

????✈️✈️Rio Bound ✈️✈️????

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Australia has one of the largest rates of skin cancer in the world with a shocking 66 per cent of the country being diagnosed with the disease by the time they reach 70.

Over 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer every year.


Joseph Loftus

Joseph Loftus

Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.