Randle on the mend from shock surgery
Friday 17 January, 2020
Dunlop Super 2 driver Thomas Randle has revealed to fans a recent health scare with the young gun saying he is recovering well.
The 23-year-old took to social media to announce his battle with testicular cancer, which involved having surgery after he was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.
Following the removal of the tumour during surgery at The Epworth hospital in Victoria, an upbeat Randle revealed he was lucky to have caught the cancer in its early stages and is hopeful of getting the all clear soon.
“I just thought I’d let you know about a health issue I’ve been dealing with recently and hopefully my story can spread some awareness for blokes around my age,” Randle wrote on Facebook.
“Last week I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. This was obviously quite a big shock to me and my family and since then I’ve had to undergo multiple tests and scans, while on Wednesday I had an operation to remove the tumour.”
“I purely want to spread awareness of this to blokes my age or even younger, and also to those in their mid-30’s, that if something doesn’t feel quite right get yourself straight to your regular GP,” Randle explained in the post.
“I did just that and hopefully doing so results in me being given a clean bill of health and the all clear when I have further tests in the near future.
“All that aside, and despite the shock and distraction from recent events, I'm now hungrier than ever for the first round of the Dunlop Super2 Series to kick off in Adelaide in just on five weeks.”
Since the shock revelation of his battle, the motorsport community has rallied around the Victorian with a number of fellow Supercars drivers and the wider community sending messages of support.
According the Cancer Council, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer after skin cancer in men aged 20–39. In Australia alone, about 850 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year.