Sep 11th, 2020
John Daly shock cancer diagnosis
Two-time major winner reveals he has bladder cancer
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Although the cancer was removed there is sadly a high chance of it returning and so Daly will be under constant medical supervision for the coming year.
The 54-year-old revealed the news in an interview with the Golf Channel relating how he had gone for a routine check-up for kidney stones.
“[The urologist said] it doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer,” Daly told the Golf Channel.
"Luckily for me, they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don't know all the details about," said Daly. "It doesn't look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there's a miracle.
Daly who won the Open at St Andrews in 1995 was philosophical about the diagnosis
"I always tell people I've lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I'm not scared to die or anything. I'm still working. I'm still living life, I'm still doing the things I need to do. I can accept the challenge. I'm not scared of that.
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The man known as Wild Thing has never been the fittest of golfers and his lifestyle always risked health problems; however, he now plans to make some changes.
"I'm cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette," he said. "I'm trying to quit smoking. The doctors aren't saying it's too late.”
“Unfortunately, it's a cancer that keeps coming back. But I'm going to listen to them, and I'm going to try and quit smoking. If it comes back, it comes back. Six months to a year, if it doesn't go away, I'm going to live my life. I'm gonna have some fun."
We wish the big man well!