"Protect yourself": Michael Clarke's grave warning after health scare

"Protect yourself": Michael Clarke's grave warning after health scare

Aussie cricket legend Michael Clarke has urged people to be careful when they’re under the sun after he had surgery to remove skin cancer from his forehead.

The former Aussie test cricket captain posted a photo on Instagram that showed the stitches from his surgery.

"Another day, another skin cancer cut out of my face... youngsters out there make sure you are doing all the right things to protect yourself from the sun," Clarke wrote on his Instagram page.

Australian swimmer Grant Hackett was among many to comment on Clarke's post.

"You have made me book an appointment bro," Hackett wrote.

Former Miss World Australia, Erin Holland, also commented on the post.

"Awesome message MC.. We need to be so vigilent [sic]," she wrote.

Clarke's wife Kyly also commented on the sportsman's post, sharing two "fist pump" emojis.

Clarke was first diagnosed with skin cancer back in 2006 and has been an ambassador for the Cancer Council since 2010.

As Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, many Aussies aren’t as vigilant as they should be when it comes to staying safe in the sun.

According to the Cancer Council, 1,960 people died from skin cancer in Australia in 2016.