Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Rutherford opens up about cancer scare in lockdown

Chris Edwards
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Photo credit: John Rainford - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Rainford - Getty Images

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Strictly Come Dancing star Greg Rutherford has revealed his lockdown cancer scare.

On Thursday (August 13), the track and field Olympian took to Instagram to share that he'd discovered a lump on one of his testicles, but he initially chose to ignore it.

The long jump specialist posted an image of himself walking in the countryside with his family, which he captioned: "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.

Photo credit: Greg Rutherford - Instagram
Photo credit: Greg Rutherford - Instagram

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"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."

Greg went on to explain how ignoring the lump 'obviously didn't work' and that his mental health took a "bit of a beating" as a result.

Photo credit: John Rainford - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Rainford - Getty Images

Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm as Greg finally went to get the lump checked.

"After an appointment, bloods and a scan I was told it was cysts! BLOODY CYSTS. But most importantly nothing to seriously worry about," he wrote. "I don't think I've felt relief like it."

Greg explained how he reached out to a close friend who previously suffered with testicular cancer before urging other men to check themselves for lumps.

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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

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"Even now, during a pandemic, when I think it's safe to say we're fearful of wasting doctors and nurses time," he wrote. "If you're a bloke, grab them and make sure nothing's wrong. And if your partner won't check their own balls, maybe offer to do it for them."

He added: "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."

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