Ali Carter to have surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer
Two-time world finalist Ali Carter has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, World Snooker has confirmed.
Last Updated: 01/07/13 4:37pm
In a statement released on their official website, World Snooker said the 33-year-old was given the news last week and would undergo surgery on Tuesday.
It represents another health setback for Carter, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003 and has had a well-documented struggle with the illness.
"I hope to be back in action soon," said Carter, who lost both of his world finals to Ronnie O'Sullivan.
He later wrote on Twitter: "Thank-you to everyone for their support! Just want to get through this week then I will concentrate on getting better. Love you all!"
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: "Ali has shown in his battle against Crohn's disease that he is a fighter.
"We hope for a positive outcome and everyone in snooker is 100 per cent behind him. We look forward to seeing him back on the circuit soon."