Melbourne has confirmed that star player Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
“The Melbourne Football Club wishes to advise that Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and will today undergo surgery to have the tumor removed,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Jesse underwent an ultrasound late last week which revealed a small mass in his testicle suggestive of a seminoma, which is a type of cancer.
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“Jesse has also undergone a CT scan which determined the cancer has not spread to any other part of his body”.
The 22-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, having discovered the cancer in its early stages.
General Manager of Football Josh Mahoney said “The Club’s collective heart is with Jesse Hogan. This is clearly a very difficult time for Jesse and his health and wellbeing is the number one priority for us.
“We informed the players of this on Friday and respected Jesse’s wishes to keep this information private up until this point.
“Jesse will obviously miss a period of football due to this surgery but we expect him to make a full recovery and return to AFL in the short-term future.”
We can confirm the unfortunate news that Jesse Hogan has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
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