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Inside Michael Flatley’s health battles and how eagle-eyed MTV viewer helped spot the first signs of his skin cancer

MICHAEL Flatley shocked fans after revealing last night that he was battling cancer. The 64-year-old dancer broke the news on Facebook and said he had undergone surgery because of the "aggressive" disease. The Riverdance star is currently being cared for by a team of doctors in hospital.

Michael is recuperating from the surgery with his wife, Niamh, 44, and son, Michael Jnr, 15, by his side. Lifting the lid on his diagnosis, Flatley said: “Dear friends, we have something personal to share, Michael Flatley has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. “He has undergone surgery and is in the care of an excellent team of doctors.

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The star famously fought skin cancer back in 2003. And the dancer previously declared that his last cancer scare made him want to “live every moment”. Most read in CelebritySAD LOSS Sixteen Candles actress & TV star dies just days before her birthdayWORKING CLASS HERO Dave Fishwick went from Burnley bus dealer to toast of HollywoodLOVE OF HIS LIFE A look at the life of the late Jeff Beck's wife Sandra CashCALIFORNIA GIRL Towie star Chloe Sims is quitting Essex and moving to LA for good Michael revealed how he owed his life to an eagle-eyed MTV viewer in America who noticed the symptoms of his condition.

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