For the past few decades, no sports personality has done more to raise awareness for cancer research – especially among children – than ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
The V Foundation has helped raise money for cancer awareness for years. Until recently, Dickie V himself has been lucky to stay healthy while trying to raise awareness for others.
Unfortunately, on Wednesday afternoon, Vitale announced he was recently diagnosed with melanoma. Vitale said he was on vacation in Hawaii when he received the news.
“Then came the scary news: a diagnosis that some skin they removed from above my nose had tested positive for melanoma,” he said. Vitale said he underwent surgery on June 28th to remove a growth from his nose.
The good news is that Vitale said he is cancer free.
“It helped that we caught it early, and I was thrilled to learn it hadn’t spread,” he said. “The bottom line is they removed all cancer cells, and I was relieved, big time, to be cancer clear.”
It has been a very scary 7 weeks but I was lucky that the Melanoma did not spread YES "GET CHECKED, BABY! Early Detection Critical in my Recent Melanoma Cancer Scare- ESPN Front Row https://t.co/JKvX5IQIjN
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 18, 2021
Vitale sent a message, via ESPN, urging everyone to get checked in an effort to maintain their overall health.
“My friends, I’ll end where I started. Take care of you,” he said. “If you see or feel something, even if it’s not bothering you or infected, get it evaluated. Melanoma is serious and it can spread to your organs. Doctors told me that a typical basal cell skin cancer is like getting gently brushed by a bicycle, while melanoma is like getting hit by a truck.”
Vitale said he plans to be back at full strength and ready to work the 2021-22 college basketball season.