Padraig Harrington has undergone treatment for skin cancer

Padraig Harrington at the 2014 Phoenix Open. (USATSI)
Padraig Harrington at the 2014 Phoenix Open. (USATSI)

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Padraig Harrington is known as a man obsessed with details. Some of his nuances are pretty legendary, as Alan Shipnuck recently pointed out in Sports Illustrated.

Others are more serious.

Like how he gets checked for cancer on a regular basis and has actually had some skin cancers removed.

"Everybody responds differently to treatment and ways of treating cancer are moving on. I see that when I travel the world. It is easier to clear these things up at the start rather than waiting until there is a problem. You can get treated and go on to live a much longer life.

"I've had a number of skin cancers removed off my face. When you get a symptom don't ignore it. Do something about it."

Harrington's father died from cancer and he's determined not to let it nab him as well.

"My father had symptoms but didn't do anything about it. It's the nature of men in Ireland and certainly older men. I would be much more inclined to go and do something about it."

Best wishes to one of golf's best characters and good to see that it hasn't taken him away from the game for an extended period of time.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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