AC Milan chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis is to undergo treatment for throat cancer, the club have confirmed.
The 56-year-old will temporarily step away from his duties, but the long-term prognosis is good.
“AC Milan informs its fans and stakeholders that our CEO, Ivan Gazidis, has been diagnosed with a cancer of the throat. Based on an extensive series of tests and scans, doctors expect he will make a full recovery,” a club statement read.
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“Everyone involved with the club wishes Ivan all the best for a full and speedy recovery. We are all with you.”
Gazidis took up his present role at Milan in 2018, having fulfilled a similar brief at Arsenal.
He has stressed the need for regular medical check-ups in order for early diagnosis.
“Of course, there is never a good time for a diagnosis of cancer. But I have a very curable form of cancer and a positive diagnosis. I have world-class medical expertise, and the support of so many loved ones and everyone at the club, and I am confident based on all advice that cancer will be treated successfully, with a full recovery," Gazidis said.
“My diagnosis demonstrates the importance of regular medical checkups, even if you don’t have symptoms. I would encourage everyone to prioritise their health and to make sure, even in the day to day obligations of life and work, that they have their regular medical checkups.”
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