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Greg Rutherford reveals testicular cancer scare during lockdown and encourages others to get checked

Greg Rutherford has revealed he suffered a testicular cancer scare during lockdown.

The London 2012 long jump champion found a lump but initially ignored it and did not tell his wife Susie.

Rutherford eventually got it looked at and was relieved to find out it was only a cyst – but is now encouraging other men to get themselves checked out.

In an Instagram post, the 33-year-old wrote: ‘While we were all cooped up in our homes, I found a lump on one of my balls.

‘Rather than accept it was there, I ignored it and created distractions like training again and using my physical strength to overpower the unknown.

‘Obviously that didn’t work and my mental health took a bit of a beating when fear set it.

‘I didn’t tell Susie or anyone close to me until the physical pain and worry got the better of me, then I reached out to a friend who’d suffered badly with testicular cancer.

‘He said what I already knew… go and get it checked! After an appointment, bloods and a scan I was told it was cysts! I don’t think I’ve felt relief like it.

‘I’m just here asking everyone to check. Keep checking and if you find something, take it seriously.’

I’m a lucky man. I have a beautiful, loving family and have enjoyed years of success in a sport I loved. I’ve always felt somewhat invincible physically… but during lockdown that invincibility took a massive knock. While we were all cooped up in our homes doing our best to steady the horrible scenario that covid had created, to put it bluntly, I found a lump on one of my balls. Rather than accept it was there, I ignored it and created distractions like training again and using my physical strength to overpower the unknown. Obviously that didn’t work and my mental health took a bit of a beating when fear set it. I didn’t tell Susie or anyone close to me until the physical pain and worry got the better of me, then I reached out to a friend (@rousseau) who’d suffered badly with testicular cancer. He said what I already knew… GO AND GET IT CHECKED! After an appointment, bloods and a scan I was told it was cysts! BLOODY CYSTS. But most importantly nothing to seriously worry about. I don’t think I’ve felt relief like it. I’m just here asking everyone to check. Even now, during a pandemic, when I think it’s safe to say we’re fearful of wasting doctors and nurses time. If you’re a bloke, grab them and make sure nothings wrong. And if your partner won’t check their own balls, maybe offer to do it for them. I feel incredibly grateful I can say it’s nothing serious, but I’ve also realised that while worrying’s a natural response, it solves nothing. Keep checking and if you find something, take it seriously. @su2cuk

A post shared by Greg Rutherford (@gregjrutherford) on Aug 13, 2020 at 1:14pm PDT

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