Skin cancer tests for Eng team after Flower scare

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Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 12:56 [IST]
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Skin cancer tests for Eng team

Brisbane, Nov.29: The England squad are considering further skin cancer screening following the health scare involving Andy Flower.

Flower, the England team coach, returned to duty on Sunday after missing two days of the first Test after having a melanoma, a form of skin cancer, removed from under his right eye. The touring party, including Flower, were examined for any suspicious skin growths before leaving for Australia and were given the all clear, news.com.au reports.

But following Flower's operation, the ECB will arrange further checks if any players are worried. England skipper Andrew Strauss said: "All of us had a bit of a scare. We did get tested recently and we may need second opinions on that. It does put everything in perspective and how quickly he had to get it operated on shows it is something that you cannot take for granted."

Flower only visited a skin clinic in Brisbane at the urging of the England team's security officer, Reg Dickason. It is a suggestion which the Indian-origin surgeon who performed the operation told Telegraph Sport "probably saved his life."


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