A Love Island star who had a testicular cancer exam on live TV says his brother has been diagnosed with the disease.
The day after Chris Hughes appeared on breakfast television to raise awareness and encourage men to check themselves for the cancer, his brother Ben found a lump.
Chris, 26, posted two childhood images of himself and his brother onto Instagram on Tuesday and said: A sad day. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer this lunchtime, in which we pray for a kind prognosis.
He came into my room at 3am the morning after my testicular examination on tv, clearly struggling to sleep, telling me he’d found a lump and asked me if he’s checking it right.
He urged his brother to go to the doctor and he has now been diagnosed, two months on from Mr Hughes’ ITV This Morning appearance.
He added: Today he sent me a message telling me the news, and thanking me for making him aware, else he’d never have known he had cancer.
That literally broke my heart. Testicular cancer is a silent killer, men need realise this and check themselves regularly. It takes 10 seconds. Please do it.
The reality star, who has 1.9m followers on his Instagram, had his own health scare as a teen and three operations on his left testicle.
He shared on This Morning that his cousin had testicular cancer and that both of his brothers were infertile.
Mr Hughes said he didn’t get examined until he was 20, saying: It’s easy to neglect.
Everyone thinks they know their body. There’s a right way to check them. I’ll be honest with you it’s not something you grab hold of in everyday life. You wash yourself but don’t necessarily use your fingers to identify.
Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men.
Cancer Research UK says around 2,200 men in the UK are diagnosed each year.
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