Gary Lineker candidly opens up on prostate cancer scare

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Gary Lineker has candidly revealed he had a prostate cancer scare recently.

The 59 year old former professional footballer said he wants to remove the stigma around the disease as he revealed his reasons for opening up.

Gary revealed he had the scare after a routine health exam.

The Match of the Day star, who recently apologised after he was spotted in a shop without his face covering, said: “I have a full body check every couple of years and I did have one prostate scare.

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“It’s important to get ahead of it and a lot of men, we sometimes think, ‘I’m all right’. We don’t want to see doctors.“

He added to The Sun Online: “But that’s a dangerous game. We are all a little bit scared of having something and I think it’s fair to share that.”

“It turned out to be nothing with me but it’s important to get ahead of it. It makes it a lot worse if you catch it late.

“It’s vital for people my age to make sure they are OK, to constantly get checks if possible.”

Gary now has another health check due next year and will also have a brain scan following evidence that repeatedly heading the football may cause dementia.

He added: “Any footballer should be apprehensive and I don’t mind admitting that I am. I headed the ball a lot as a kid — and when I was 20, 21, I made a conscious decision not to do it in training.

“We’d get wet, heavy balls in the winter months — we didn’t get new balls every week like they do now — and it was something I was concerned about, as I was a player who scored a lot of headers.

“I don’t see there’s any necessity to head the ball in anything other than the match itself.

“My health checks have previously involved the brain and so far, nothing has shown up. But this is something I will address at my next check.”

Gary, who is dad to four sons George, 28, Harry, 26, Tobias, 24, and Angus, 22, is single after his divorce from Danielle in 2016.

But unlike his brother Wayne Lineker, who is set to appear on the next series of Celebs Go Dating, Gary has no plans to find love anytime soon.

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He explained: “Yes, I’m very single, especially in lockdown. Even the sight of a female is very rare.

“But I’ve never been on a dating app and cannot ever visualise that happening. I’ve had lots of people sliding into my DMs but it’s normally requests for plugging their book or their charity.

“I’m nearly 60! Who’s going to slide into my DMs? My sons tell me that’s the way they date nowadays — but that’s fine, as they’re in their twenties. I can’t imagine it happening for me. It certainly hasn’t yet, anyway.”

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