Olympic swimmer potentially saved from skin cancer thanks to eagle-eyed fan

- An Australian swimming champion is looking for the fan who spotted a suspicious mole on his chest to express his gratitude after having the mole removed.

Mack Horton, 20, won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Rio Olympics. A fan emailed the swim team’s doctor and said, “I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton told the Herald Sun.

The doctor gave Horton a referral and, though he put off making an appointment to go on a five-week vacation in Europe, saw a specialist on Thursday who suggested immediate removal.

While he had to miss training, Horton said the incident was a good reminder for everyone to check their skin for irregularities.

“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say ‘I probably should get this one checked out’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it which was a good thing,” he told the Herald Sun. “I think this person might actually be a skin specialist who was just watching the swimming (during Rio).”

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