Padraig Harrington treated for skin cancer

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On a radio show in Ireland on Friday, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington revealed that he has been treated for skin cancer.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
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Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington revealed on a radio program in Ireland Friday that he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.

Harrington is still listed in the field for next week's Honda Classic at PGA National.

The 2008 PGA Champion told Today FM's 'The Last Word' program in Ireland, "I've had a number of skin cancers removed off my face.

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"When you get a symptom, don't ignore it. Do something about it."

Harrington lost his father to oesophageal cancer in 2005 and has since been a spokesperson for the Oesophageal Cancer Fund Ireland.

"Dealing with cancer is not what it was 10 years ago," Harrington said on the radio. "Instead of just one treatment they are now looking at combining different types of treatment of dealing with oesophageal cancer.

"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."

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.