Sebastien Haller, a Borussia Dortmund striker who survived cancer, has urged everyone not to be ashamed to get regular medical checkups.
Sebastien Haller, who signed a two-year deal with Borussia Dortmund for £27.4 million last summer, was absent from training on July 18, just two weeks after signing the contract.
His absence from training came after he had been in pain for a few weeks. Initially, he suspected it was a hernia or a stomach ailment. Unfortunately, within 24 hours, he was diagnosed with a testicular tumor.
As part of his treatment, the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy.
Following a month of increased training, he made his Dortmund debut as a substitute against Augsburg on January 22. Haller scored his first goal for his new team against Freiburg on February 4, World Cancer Day.
Before his team’s first-leg Champions League encounter against Chelsea, Haller had an interview with BBC Sport in which he urged both sportsmen and non-sportsmen to always carry out regular medical checkups.
Haller insisted that anyone, even an extremely fit professional athlete at the peak of his career, could develop a tumor.
“The most important thing is not to think it can only happen to other people,” he added. I was
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