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Reigning Ironman World Champion, Leanda Cave, is diagnosed with skin cancer.

Leanda-CaveThe reigning Ironman World Champion, Leanda Cave, announced on her Facebook page earlier today that she has been diagnosed with skin cancer and urged all triathletes to wear strong sunscreen and wear protective clothing to protect them from the dangers of the sun.

She later updated her Facebook page with the following statement:

‘The skin cancer I have is not serious or life threatening at all. It’s called a Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and is 100% curable. It is a direct result of too much sun exposure. I just want to make people aware of the damage the sun can do. I would love to see all kids wearing hats and sun screen. It will save them from problems down the line.’

The sad news comes following an incredible year in the sport for Cave, where she became the first ever female double world champion, after winning both the Ironman World Championships in Kona and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. is the online home of Triathlon Plus – the best source of triathlon training advice, triathlon gear reviews and triathlon news.

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