Lynsey Sharp: Scot taking break from athletics after cancer scare

Sharp won Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow in 2014
Lynsey Sharp won Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow in 2014

Scotland's Lynsey Sharp is taking a break from athletics after surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells.

The 29-year-old former 800m European champion was alerted to the issue by a smear test and is urging other women to get themselves checked.

Sharp, who withdrew from last weekend's Scottish Cross-Country Championships, will "take it easy for a few weeks".

"It's too important not to share. The last few weeks have been a bit rough," she wrote on Instagram.

"Last week I had surgery to remove cells which came back today as pre-cancerous.

"If I hadn't gone for a smear test I wouldn't have been able to catch this before it developed any further.

"Please please please go and get a smear test... it takes five minutes. If sharing this encourages even one of you ladies to go then it will be worth sharing."

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