Legendary footy caller Sandy Roberts reveals tragic cancer diagnosis
Broadcaster Sandy Roberts has revealed he is battling an incurable blood cancer.
The legendary commentator, 73, was diagnosed in May last year with myeloma – which has the lowest survival rate of all blood cancers.
Doctors shocked Roberts with his diagnosis after the long-time footy caller fell and broke his ribs, with the x-rays showing up a unusual result.
"It was such a shock," he told News Corp.
"I had open heart surgery three months earlier and came out of it feeling good. If I hadn't fallen, who knows what would have been the outcome."
He is speaking out now in a bid to raise money and awareness for Myeloma Australia.
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Before his retirement in 2019, Roberts called more than 1100 AFL games and gave voice to multiple Summer and Winter Olympics, Australian Opens and Melbourne Cup carnivals.
Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that develops from plasma cells in the bone marrow.
The Cancer Council estimates more than 2600 people were diagnosed with myeloma in 2022.
The average age at diagnosis is 71 years old.
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