Today is an emotional day for wrestling fans as Bret Hart revealed that he has been diagnosed with skin cancer. The legend took to Instagram to tell fans about it himself. Hart has battled with other ailments in the past and he’s approaching this challenge with a positive outlook. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer according to Skincancer.org. Their experts describe it as, “Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring form of all cancers. In the U.S. alone, more than 4 million cases are diagnosed each year. BCCs arise from abnormal, uncontrolled growth of basal cells.”
Hart wrote, “Goal for 2020 and beyond: wear more sunscreen! Basal cell carcinoma removal scheduled soon. Another opportunity to remind everyone to look after your health and #getchecked.”
Back in 2016, the WWE Hall of Famer announced that he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He managed to maintain that focus and drive and beat the disease back. Hart wrote about that experience at the time on Instagram as well.
"I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles," he explained. "I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all."
"I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying," Hart added before noting that he wanted to "set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten."
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It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling ... Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I ... stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x
Skincancer.org lays out the best case scenario for treating and catching the disease in it’s early stages. “Because BCCs grow slowly, most are curable and cause minimal damage when caught and treated early,” they begin. “Understanding BCC causes, risk factors and warning signs can help you detect them early, when they are easiest to treat and cure.”