Legendary AFL commentator Sandy Roberts has revealed he has been diagnosed with myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

Roberts, 73, said he was diagnosed in May 2022 after falling and breaking his hip. He was taken to hospital, where he was also diagnosed with myeloma.

“I ended up in hospital and was told I didn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries, but that I did have cancer,” Roberts told News Corp. “Just like that; we had no idea. If I hadn’t fallen, who knows what would have been the outcome.”

Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are a type of white blood cell. It is the second most common blood cancer in Australia, after leukemia.

There is no cure for myeloma, but there are treatments that can help to control the disease. Roberts is currently undergoing treatment and said he is feeling positive.

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “I’m on a treatment plan and I’m confident that I’m going to be okay.”

Roberts is a well-known and respected figure in the Australian sporting community. He has been a commentator for Seven and Fox Footy for many years, and has covered some of the biggest sporting events in the country.

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He is also a passionate advocate for myeloma research and awareness. He has urged people to get tested for the disease, and to support research into finding a cure.

“I’m urging people to get tested for myeloma,” he said. “It’s a very treatable disease, but the earlier you catch it, the better.”

Roberts is also raising money for myeloma research. He has set up a GoFundMe page, and has already raised over $100,000.

“I’m raising money for myeloma research because I want to help find a cure for this disease,” he said. “I want to help other people who are going through what I’m going through.”

Sandy Roberts began his career as an AFL commentator in 1980 with the Seven Network. He commentated on over 700 games during his time with the network, and was also a host of the Seven Network’s AFL coverage.

In 2014, Roberts moved to Fox Footy, where he continued to commentate on AFL games. He was also a host of the Fox Footy Show and a regular contributor to other Fox Footy programs.

Roberts is known for his passion for the game and his ability to bring excitement to the commentary box. He is also a respected journalist and has interviewed some of the biggest names in Australian sport. Roberts retired from commentating in 2019, but he remains a popular figure in the Australian sporting community.

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