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Cycling: Ivan Basso cancer caught very early

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Milan - Cyclist Ivan Basso underwent a "successful" operation on Wednesday, after cancer was diagnosed in his left testicle two days ago. Professor Francesco Montorsi performed the operation at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, a medical bulletin reported.

The cyclist's left testicle was removed and in the next few days he will hear the outcome of the histological examination to see whether further treatment is needed. Mr Basso is in good shape and will be discharged on Thursday. The long-term prognosis for this type of testicular cancer "is excellent", the hospital explained, explaining that testicular cancer "is the most frequent neoplastic pathology in young adults of all the so-called solid tumours and represents 1 percent of all men's cancers". Three to 10 cases are diagnosed every year per 100,000 men, with a peak incidence (number of new cases diagnosed each year) among 30 to 40-year-olds. Globally it is a "disease with excellent rates of response to treatment and therefore recovery". And of course as with all cancers, "also in the case of the testicle, early diagnosis is key," the press release from San Raffaele Hospital in Milan continued. "The disease was at an early stage.
  The athlete did well to find out by himself that he had a problem when touching his testicles. The operation, I repeat, went well. Now we are awaiting the results of the histological examination. It could all be over already at this point," Doctor Montorsi told Sky. "Ivan now must rest for two weeks, then we'll see. I met the athlete yesterday. He quickly grasped what we had to do and immediately seemed very optimistic," the surgeon added. "Everything is fine! I am awake and smiling a lot. I would like to thank Professor Montorsi and the team of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. See you soon my dear friends," wrote Basso on his Twitter profile. He also posted his photo on Instagram in which he appears smiling. (AGI)

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