Cancer Scare Over For Fred Couples
By mustang6560 on 6/2/11
Three weeks ago, Fred Couples went to the dermatologist to have a few moles checked. Everything looked good, until the dermatologist got a hold of his hands.
"I don’t think it’s anything horrible, but at the time she scared the hell out of me just by the way she looked at me and what she said," Couples said.
The dermatologist removed 13 spots on his hands as a preventative measure. He described the spots on his hands as "freeze marks", which turned into blisters that caused him to miss the Senior PGA Championship.
"It got kind of tight, the skin, just because they were popping up," he said. "... A couple people asked me if it was contagious and a few other things through the airport. It’s pretty fun. I wish I could have put my hands in my pants so no one could have seen all this stuff."
I glad to hear Freddie is A-OK for now. I'm actually surprised more PGA Tour players don't get skin cancer as they spend hours in the sun during the heat of the day. Maybe more players battle skin cancer than I've paid attention to, but it sure makes me want to lather up the sunscreen before my round on Saturday. At 3PM. In 96 degree heat.

Fred admits he doesn't wear sunscreen on his hands. We'll see if his opinion changes in the future. I wouldn't be surprised to see him as the new spokesman for Coppertone Sport. You heard it here first!

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photo by Bill Spruce

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