Eagle-eyed fan alerts Olympic swimmer to potential skin cancer

AUSTRALIA — An Olympic swimmer from Australia is thanking an anonymous fan for potentially saving him from having skin cancer.

Mack Horton, 20, won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Rio Olympics this year.

Shortly after, the doctor for his team received an email from the random fan.

The Herald Sun reports that the email said: “I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out.”

After Horton saw the doctor, the mole was removed immediately.

Horton posted about it on Instagram, saying: “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.”

“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say ‘I probably should get this one checked out’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it which was a good thing,” Horton told the Herald Sun. “It’s a good little reminder for everyone out there to go and get their skin checked.”

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