England cricketer Sam Billings on Tuesday revealed his fight with skin most cancers. The English wicket-keeper batter shared a publish on social media the place he revealed that he underwent two operations to take away malignant melanoma on his chest. He additionally urged the cricket world to protect itself from long exposure to the sun.
“I had a melanoma that was 0.6mm (deep). The threshold of when it gets really serious is 0.7mm, so really close. If I had left that screening to go to the meeting, and waited until my next one six months down the line it could have been far, far more serious. The margins are so small but can have massive consequences,” Billings stated to the Telegraph.
Billings is at the moment enjoying county cricket. He has performed three Test matches, 28 ODIs and 37 T20Is for his nationwide workforce. Meanwhile, he said that his battle with the illness has put issues in perspective for him. “It did give me the clarity of making decisions based on what I want to do rather than maybe just toeing the line and being seen to do the right thing. I have tried to do that over the years and it’s sometimes resulted in carrying drinks. You realise that cricket isn’t the be all and end all. It’s hugely important but you need to put things in perspective. It’s also made me much more empathetic,” he added.
Billings additionally opened up on the significance of utilizing sun display screen. He warned the cricket world about long exposure to the sun. “I’m not just talking about the pro game. It’s club cricketers, people who watch the game. I played at Lord’s recently and the sun was out, even if it wasn’t 25 degrees. It might only have been 18 but you can still get sunburnt. We treat it (applying suncream) like a bit of a chore because the education around it isn’t as good as in countries like Australia. I’d like to see everyone in cricket working together: the sun is out, so let’s protect ourselves,” he added.