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Luis 'Lucho' Herrera diagnosed with skin cancer citing cycling as its cause

Joe Robinson
25 Sep 2017

Lucho Herrera diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer

The first Colombian winner of a Grand Tour, Luis 'Lucho' Herrera has been diagnosed with skin cancer citing sun exposure from his cycling career as the reason. 

Spanish newspaper AS reported that the 56-year-old had announced he was battling basal cell carcinoma in both his hands and arm, claiming that this was a direct effect of his cycling career. 

The former Tour de France King of the Mountains winner noticed large spots on both his arm and face which prompted him to see a dermatologist. 

After consulting with the skin specialist, it was confirmed that the moles were in fact cancerous, and would need treatment. 

Herrera spoke at how the doctor was using cauterisation to treat the moles before being diagnosed. He also suggested that the spots had come from racing in high temperatures up to 40 degrees.

Herrera's dermatologist has explained that he will undertake sessions of cryotherapy in order to treat the cancer.  

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