Immune system weakened due to tight tours: Crowe

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Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 13:34 [IST]
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'Tough tours weakened my immune system'

Wellington, Oct 18: New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe, blamed his cricketing career spanning 13 years, as the main reason for being diagnosed with cancer lymphoma.

The New Zealand cricketer who happens to be the cousin of Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, has represented his country in 77 Tests and 143 ODIs during his international career, spanning 13 years.

The cricketer and the family are in the process of recovering from the shock, after the 50 year old was diagnosed with Cancer Lymphoma, while the Kiwi batsman blamed it on the hectic international career for his health problems.

"In the past, on travels during my cricket career, suffering salmonella and glandular fever has compromised me," Crowe said in a statement.

"The result of a weakened immune system over the last two decades is basically why I have become exposed to this sort of disease.

Having blamed the tours for becoming vulnerable to cancer, Crowe also admitted that he has been overwhelmed by the support he has got from admirers, which has also helped him come to terms with the diagnosis.

"I am overwhelmed by the support and concern by so many around the world and wish to say a massive thanks... it has enabled me to come to terms with the shock from my recent lymphoma diagnosis faster."

Courageous Crowe felt that cancer was 'very treatable' after being diagnosed with grade 2 Cancer lymphoma, which has affected a few parts of his body.

"It is very treatable. It is not aggressive. Treatment will be decided in due course after further tests and consultation in the next two weeks," he said.

Further "It's a grade 2 type, which is a slow growing disease in its mid stage. My lymph nodes in various parts of my body; neck, armpits, stomach, are affected, it is very treatable," he said.

"My mindset and fierce focus has kicked in just like it did when approaching a long innings in a Test match," he said in a statement. "I will focus on the important things in front of me, and nothing else," Crowe said.


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