Mark Wright has told how he had to have a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit following a recent cancer scare.
The TV presenter, 34, took to Instagram on Wednesday to explain how he became concerned when a mass in his armpit began to grow, after previously being reassured it was a ‘fatty lump that didn’t need treatment’.
Mark went to reveal that he was later told that the tumour was benign, however doctors feared there was a chance it could turn cancerous and decided to remove it from his armpit.
Cancer scare: Mark Wright has told how he had to have a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit following a recent cancer scare
After having the tumour removed, Mark said he wanted to share his journey with his followers in the hopes of encouraging others to get lumps checked.
Mark, who shared a picture of the lump in his arm, an image of himself in a hospital gown and the mass once it had been removed, wrote: ‘Ok, it’s been a tough call whether or not to speak about this.
‘One part of me wants to keep something like this private and the other part is thinking, if I can help/potentially save 1 person, well…. this is the right thing to do.
Thumbs up: The TV presenter, 34, took to Instagram on Wednesday to explain how he became concerned when a ‘lump in his arm began to grow’, after previously being reassured it was a ‘fatty lump that didn’t need treatment’
Mark, who shared a picture of the lump in his arm, an image of himself in a hospital gown and the mass once it had been removed, wrote: ‘Ok, it’s been a tough call whether or not to speak about this’
He said: ‘MORAL OF THE STORY: If you notice anything that doesn’t look or feel quite right. Don’t leave it’
‘So here goes. I discovered a lump in my breast/armpit area. Not very big, but enough to cause concern and to be cautious enough to get it checked.
‘I saw a doctor who passed it on as “a fatty lump that doesn’t need any treatment” so I just left it.
‘After some time the lump grew and began to bother me. I am someone that when it comes to life in general, I leave no stone unturned. When it involves health, this idiom quadruples.
Mark, who is married to actress Michelle Keegan, went on: ‘I saw another specialist who happens to be a breast consultant for a second opinion.
Removal: Mark went to reveal that he was later told that the tumour was benign, however doctors feared there was a chance it could turn cancerous and decided to remove the mass from his armpit
‘He was certain after seeing an ultrasound scan that it was a LIPOMA (a BENIGN soft tissue tumour) however with it being rather large, he had a tiny bit of concern that it has/could turn in to a SARCOMA (a cancerous malignant tumour) However he was not 100% either way so to be more sure I had an MRI.
‘From the result of the MRI, still this consultant did not want to rule out the worst because of the speed and the size of the growth. At this stage I moved on to a SARCOMA specialist.
‘This specialist saw the scans around 10 days ago and today I was in theatre having this little git removed.
Reaction: Mark’s post gained a strong reaction from his friends and followers, who took to the comments section to wish the former TOWIE star well following his news
Love life: Mark is married to Michelle Keegan (pictured together in 2019)
‘His fast and incredible turn around was due to the fact he did not want to leave it any longer and wanted it out to prevent the rare risk of a LIPOMA turning into a sarcoma overtime.
WHAT IS A BENIGN BRAIN TUMOUR? AND HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH IT?
A benign brain tumour is a mass of non-cancerous cells that grows relatively slowly.
Non-cancerous brain tumours tend to stay in one place and do not spread.
If the tumour can be completely removed in one surgery, it will not usually return.
If not, there is a risk it can grow back.
Although brain tumours grow slowly, there is limited space inside the skull and the brain occupies most of it.
Overtime, the mass can grow into the spinal cord or press on surrounding nerves.
Treatment may not be necessary if the tumour is growing at a controlled pace.
Surgery can also damage the nerves that surround the tumour, as well as putting patients at risk of stroke and swelling when the mass is removed.
Controlled doses of radiation, such as gamma knife treatment, can target a hard-to-reach tumour, without harming surrounding tissue.
‘He also could not 100% confirm by the MRI that this was definitely a benign tumour and not something more sinister.
‘The tumour will be sent off for further testing just to be 110% sure but this top doctor is certain from his incredible experience that we have done the job and there is nothing sinister to worry about. So I’m all good.
‘MORAL OF THE STORY: If you notice anything that doesn’t look or feel quite right. Don’t leave it.
‘Nothing in life is more important than your health and well-being. Get checked, check yourself and make sure you take good care of yourself.’
Mark’s post gained a strong reaction from his friends and followers, who took to the comments section to wish the former TOWIE star well following his news.
His former TOWIE co-star Lydia Bright, wrote: ‘Thank goodness you followed this up and all is well.’
While Suzie Wells shared a heart emoji underneath.
British gymnast Max Whitlock, said: ‘Glad all good Mark [thumbs up]’.
Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas said: ‘Glad all is well bro.’
Mark and Michele got engaged back in September 2013 after nine months of dating and married in Bury St. Edmonds in May 2015.
Michelle has been busy promoting the new series of Brassic and appeared on The One Show recently to chat with hosts about the series.
The couple, who are estimated to have a net worth of £12million, have been documenting the construction process after purchasing the original property for £1.3million in October 2019.
And despite months of delays due to the Covid pandemic, their five-bedroom mansion is beginning to resemble their architectural model.
Due to various lockdowns and Covid restrictions, construction has been stop- start after they demolished a farmhouse and began building a five-bedroom mansion complete with bar, gym, granny annexe and outdoor swimming pool.
The couple won planning approval for the colossal building project back in January 2020 – and it looks like it’ll be over two years after that date until they can move in.
Construction experts have estimated the demolition and rebuild of the home will cost around £3.5million.