Twitch streamer Ninja shares cancer diagnosis

Twitch streamer Ninja shares cancer diagnosis
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Ninja, a gaming streamer with the most followers of any account on Twitch, has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 32-year-old, whose real name is Tyler Blevins, took to X on Tuesday to tell his followers that doctors had detected melanoma – a type of skin cancer – in a mole removed from his foot.

“A few weeks ago I went in to a dermatologist for an annual skin/mole check that Jess proactively scheduled for me,” Blevins wrote on X. “There was a mole on the bottom of my foot that they wanted to remove just to be careful. It came back as melanoma, but they are optimistic that we caught it in the early stages.”

“I had another dark spot appear near it, so today they biopsied that and removed a larger area around the melanoma with the hopes that under the microscope they will see clear non-melanoma edges and we will know we got it,” Blevins continued. “I’m grateful to have hope in finding this early, but please take this as a PSA to get skin checkups.”

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Blevins is one of the most famous gaming streamers in the world. As well as having the most followed Twitch channel he’s also previously appeared in a Super Bowl commercial and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Melonoma, per the NHS, is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body. The main treatment is surgery.

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