Hawk tells of can­cer shock

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - SAM ED­MUND

JAR­RYD Roug­head has spo­ken of his fear af­ter the dis­cov­ery of can­cer on his lip.

The Hawthorn star had surgery last Wed­nes­day to re­move a melanoma, a dis­cov­ery he de­scribed yesterday as a “mas­sive shock”.

Fol­low- up tests have been pos­i­tive and Roug­head, 28, was due to have one more ex­am­i­na­tion of the le­sion yesterday.

If he re­ceives more good news, it is un­der­stood play­ing against Syd­ney in Round 16 is re­al­is­tic.

“It wasn’t nice,” Roug­head said. “When I first went in there they said I prob­a­bly didn’t have any­thing to worry about ... but when he men­tioned it was a melanoma you get a lit­tle scared and when the doc­tors say they want to op­er­ate the next day you put life on hold for a sec­ond.

“I had a lit­tle spot there for about five months and it just wasn’t heal­ing. I’d seen a der­ma­tol­o­gist in Jan­uary and one thing that stuck in my mind was, he said, ‘ If some­thing isn’t heal­ing and it keeps reap­pear­ing, make sure you come back and see me quick’.

“I went in the Fri­day be­fore the Essendon game and the re­sult came back last Tues­day, which forced me into surgery last Wed­nes­day and it’s been a pretty quick from there.”

The 2013 Coleman medal­list told Gold 104.3 he was on a liq­uid diet and had de­vel­oped a good poker face af­ter surgery.

“I’m not eat­ing the best, I’m on the soup,” he said.

“They took a fair chunk out of my bot­tom lip so I can’t open my mouth as wide as what I used to and that will come with re­cov­ery and the mouth and lip stretch­ing.

“It’s not great with the smil­ing and not great with the eat­ing but hope­fully it’s not too long be­fore I’m back do­ing both of those things.”

Roug­head is known as one of the most sun- smart play­ers at Hawthorn, regularly wear­ing a hat and sun­screen at train­ing.

“The amount of ef­fort I go to pro­tect my­self from the sun, it’s not nice when you get news like that but it just shows even though you put so much ef­fort in, this can still hap­pen,” he said.

He said that af­ter yesterday’s test “it will be pretty much ful­lon from there”.

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