Michael Clarke posts photo after getting skin cancer removed, has a message for fans

File photo of former Australia captain Michael Clarke (Reuters Photo)

World Cup-winning former Australia captain Michael Clarke revealed on Saturday that he had skin cancer removed from his forehead earlier this week. Clarke was first diagnosed with skin cancer in 2006.

Michael Clarke was recently diagnosed with three non-melanoma lesions. The batting great took to social media to share a photograph of stiches on his forehead after the latest round of skin cancer treatment.

Clarke urged his fans to make sure they are taking necessary steps to protect themselves from the sun.

“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,” Michael Clarke wrote on his Instagram page.

Clarke has battled skin cancer even as he went on to break batting records in his celebrating cricket career. The 38-year-old has often spoken about skin cancer and urged people to get themselves checked up often. Clarke revealed visits the doctor for frequent checkups.

“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, according to The Daily Mail.

Michael Clarke retired from all forms of circket in 2015 after the Ashes series in England. The right-handed batsman led Australia to World Cup glory at home after which he called it quits from limited-overs cricket.

Clarke played 115 Tests and 245 ODIs apart from 34 T20Is during his 12-year-long international career that began in 2003. Clarke scored 8643 runs, including 28 hundreds in Tests and 7981 runs in ODIs. In the recent past, Clarke has been busy taking up commentary duties across the cricketing world.