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U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan treated for pre-cancerous spots on face

Dec 10, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

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UPDATED (9:04am)

Earlier in the day Belgian website and Het Laatste Nieuws, U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Sacha Kljestan had been treated for skin cancer.

The report indicated that after noticing spots on his face for several weeks, Kljestan went to the doctor where he was treated for skin cancer.

The Anderlecht man attributed the spots to growing up in California where the sun shines strong throughout the year.

In a series of two recent tweets by Grant Wahl that were retweeted by Kljestan, it appears the Belgian report was mistaken and that the midfielder used “aggressive treatment to kill pre-cancerous spots on face.”

From all indications Kljestan caught the issue in time and it appears to be behind him.

We here at Pro Soccer Talk wish Sacha the very best and look forward to his continued success with Anderlecht and the USMNT.

  1. dfstell - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Best of luck to him. Sun damage is no joke. I’m a white guy who for years disdained sunscreen. It isn’t that I loved tanning…..I just liked being outside with no shirt and I was too lazy to apply sunscreen (and hate being slimy).

    But, you start to see those little darkened patches on your shoulders and it changes your tune. This isn’t a “tan”…’s little patches of skin on a white guy that LOOK like a black guy. I mean, that is no joke. Basically, I’ve dumped so much UV on those little patches of my body that the cells are locked in a permanent over-pigmentation cycle.

    Now….just because those cells are over-pigmenting doesn’t necessarily mean they are one step from proliferating throughout my body and killing me. But it is a wake-up call to how UV damage can screw up your body and make it behave in ways it isn’t supposed to.

    It’s a dumb way to die. Just put on a shirt and put some sunscreen on your face.

    • raingardener01 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Apply sunscreen everywhere that is exposed to the sun: legs, arms, neck, face, hands, and feet if you are wearing sandals, and wear a hat when possible.

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