‘It makes you feel you’re not immortal’: Mark Wright reveals his health fears after having a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit following cancer scare
Mark Wright has revealed his health fears following cancer scare as it made him realise he is ‘not immortal’.
The former TOWIE star, 35, was given the all clear by his doctor after getting a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit at the end of 2021.
Speaking to The Mirror, Mark revealed: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m a hypochondriac but I definitely always get checks, if I ever feel anything’s not completely right, I’ll go and get it checked out.’
Speaking out: Mark Wright has revealed his health fears following cancer scare as it made him realise he is ‘not immortal’
The TV presenter revealed how the health journey has impacted him: ‘It has scared me because it makes you feel you’re not immortal.
He added: ‘You always think: ‘Ah yes, it’s not going to happen to me’. And then when something like that happens, it does give you a bit of a fear.’
Mark took to Instagram in December to announce he had been told that he was cancer free after having a benign tumour removed as doctors feared there was a chance it could turn cancerous.
Scary: The former TOWIE star, 35, was given the all clear by his doctor after getting a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit at the end of 2021
He shared a video of his first long walk since having the operation two weeks ago and announced that he had been given the all clear by doctors.
The football pundit said: ‘I got the news the other day that it is all clear, it’s cancer free. It was a terribly worrying time, but that’s done it’s in the past, we move on.’
Mark, who is married to Michelle Keegan, went on to say that he has been feeling worried and anxious about what the tumour ‘could have been’ and said he was left feeling ‘low’ as he recovered.
Speaking to The Mirror, Mark revealed: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m a hypochondriac but I definitely always get checks. If I ever feel anything’s not completely right, I’ll go and get it checked out.’
He continued: ‘I’ve had the worry and the anxiety about what this could have been, and just staying in and recovering just leaving me feeling a little bit low and not very motivated.’
He explained that he hasn’t been able to exercise for the past two weeks while he recovered from the operation, but has a much ‘clearer’ head now he is able to exercise again.
Mark announced he had a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit after previously being reassured it was a ‘fatty lump that didn’t need treatment’.
Love life: Mark is married to Michelle Keegan (pictured together in 2019)
He explained 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.
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.
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
Lipomas are non-cancerous lumps caused by an overgrowth of fat cells.
They can form anywhere on the body, but are most common on the neck, shoulders, abdomen and back.
They are usually just under the skin, shaped like a dome and soft to touch.
They occur in about one in every 1,000 people in the US. and about one in 100 people in the UK.
Doctors are unsure of what causes lipomas, but believe it may be due to an inherited faulty gene or physical trauma.
Most do not cause any pain unless they are deep in the body and press on nerves or organs.
If a lipoma affects the bowels, it may cause constipation and nausea.
Most lipomas do not need removing, but surgery may be necessary if the growth is large, causing symptoms or unsightly.
Source: Cleveland Clinic