Justin Thomas shared in an Instagram post Thursday that he recently had a melanoma scare with a small mole on his left leg.

Thomas' post include a picture of his leg with an incision and stitches on it. The golf star said early stages of melanoma were found in the mole, and he's using his experience as a way to encourage others to get tested.

"Luckily, we found it at a time where there should be no problems going forward," Thomas wrote. "That being said, EVERYBODY GO GET CHECKED!! No harm can come from it and it's the best way to catch anything before it becomes a serious issue. Especially for all the junior golfers (and other athletes) spending so much time in the sun."

Thomas finished tied for third at the Tour Championship last month after winning at the BMW Championship a week prior. The two good showings ended a run in which the 26-year-old placed outside the top 10 and missed the cut twice over a stretch of 11 tourneys, missing time during the skid with a wrist injury.

"It is so important to make sure you're monitoring your body - no matter how old you are or how much sunscreen you use," wrote Thomas. "It really got my attention, and hoping it does the same to y'all!"

--Field Level Media

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