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Ex-Brazil Midfielder Ederson Reveals Cancer Battle

Former international midfielder Ederson has revealed he is battling testicular cancer.
The 31-year-old will undergo surgery next week and is not expected to play again for several months.

“I am upset, but also confident about the days ahead,” the former player told a news conference on Tuesday.

“It will be another battle and I have won a few in my life. I am sure that I will win this one, too, to play as soon as possible,” he said.

doctor Marcio Tannure said the illness was detected after failed doping tests, in which the substance beta-HCG, which stimulates the production of testosterone, was discovered in Ederson’s urine samples.

Tannure added that Ederson, who earned a solitary Brazil cap in 2010, had a 99% chance of making a full recovery.

Flamengo president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello said Ederson would have the unconditional support of the club.

“When we had the first news of the anti-doping we kept our full confidence in him, he is an example of an athlete,” de Mello said. The cancer was detected after blood and image exams.”

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