Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton is battling a brain tumor for the third time, news reports say.
The diagnosis – a benign pituitary tumor– comes after Hamilton, 58, overcame testicular cancer in 1997 and battled two previous brain tumors in 2004 and 2010, says People magazine.
"I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness," Hamilton says in the magazine. "It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore," he adds.
A pituitary tumor is a growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the skull, and is dubbed the endocrine system’s "master gland," because it secretes hormones that regulates many bodily functions, including growth, metabolism, and the functioning of the ovaries and testes.
Most pituitary tumors are benign, meaning they are not life threatening but they are not harmless because they can disrupt the normal functioning of the hormonal system, the American Cancer Society says.
Treatments can include surgery, radiation, medication, or a combination of the above.
Hamilton, who was not experiencing any symptoms, learned of the tumor at a routine check-up. He is currently exploring all his treatment options before making a decision, he says.
Hamilton, the co-founder of Stars on Ice, also heads the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fight cancer.
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