The British superstar triathlete, Leanda Cave, has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
The reigning Ironman Hawaii and 70.3 World Champion posted this statement on her Facebook page eight-hours ago:
‘I was just diagnosed with a skin cancer this morning. Make sure you use sun screen and wear a hat people. Take sun protection seriously’
Cave then updated her Facebook at 10:50am UK time with more detail…
'The skin cancer I have is not serious or life threatening at all. It's called a Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and is 100% curable. It is a direct result of too much sun exposure. I just want to make people aware of the damage the sun can do. I would love to see all kids wearing hats and sun screen. It will save them from problems down the line.'
Cave, who is currently in Cairns, Australia, with her parents and sister, is due to start her season at Escape from Alcatraz on 3 March.
The team at 220 wish Leanda a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the race course soon.