Saved by a tackle: Teenage footballer diagnosed with cancer after a kick in the knee forced him to visit the GP
07:34 GMT, 6 August 2012
A 16-year-old footballer has a bad tackle on the pitch to thank for saving his life, after a visit to the GP showed he had cancer.
Kris Dunn was playing for his local team when he was kicked in the knee by an opposing player.
He bravely carried on for the rest of the match but the next day a lump appeared on the back of his right leg.
Kris Dunn was saved after a tackle forced him to make a visit to the GP which discovered a tumour
He visited the GP who dismissed the swelling as ligament damage brought on by the tackle and was sent home.
But the pain continued to get worse and seven weeks later he had an X-ray which revealed he had a tumour the size of a golf ball in his knee.
He was diagnosed with very early stage bone cancer and immediately started seven weeks of chemotherapy.
Doctors told Kris, from Bulwell, Nottingham, the early diagnosis meant he doubled his chances of survival.
He said: 'When I was fouled I was fuming but it could turn out to be the best bad tackle anyone has ever made.
Kris with his father Keith and mother Kimberley following his treatment for bone cancer
Kris had a lump in his knee after the injury and was later told by doctors that it was cancer
Kris said he would like to thank the guy who tackled him
'I'd like to shake the hand of the big forward who took me out because he could have saved my life. I'm not out of the woods but the doctors think I have twice as much chance of beating this.
'Without that tackle I would have been walking around with a tumour growing in my knee and possibly spreading to other parts of my body. I just thank God I was fouled.'
Kris was playing in defence for Bulwell Ranger FC U-17s team in January when he was injured.
Dad Keith, 56, a local newspaper distributor, said: 'He get's knocks all the time playing football, it's a contact sport after all.
'But this tackle was a big one and he really hurt his knee. I never thought for a moment it could actually save my son's life.
'When I pushed to have the X-ray I thought they'd say it was broken but the doctors took us into a room and told us it was cancer.
'It was a huge shock, I couldn't believe it. The whole family has had to pull together and so far we are getting through it, but it is tough.
'We know he's got a long road ahead but he's been given the best chance of beating it.'
Martin Ledwick, head information nurse at Cancer Research UK, said: 'Sometimes a chance injury can draw attention to a more serious problem like cancer.
'It's always a good idea to tell your doctor about any health problems that don't resolve or can't be easily explained.
'Detecting cancer early makes it much easier to treat successfully.'