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The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright has had a huge 12cm tumour removed from his armpit after a cancer scare.
The star offered his loyal Instagram followers a 'tough' update on the lump, which he discovered in his armpit and decided to get checked out.
Speaking about the scare, 34-year-old Mark wrote: "Ok, it’s been a tough call whether or not to speak about this."
Sharing a topless picture which showed him raising one arm to show his armpit to the camera, Mark went on: "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.
"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."
But that wasn't the end of the story, as Mark shared: "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.
"I saw another specialist who happens to be a breast consultant for a second opinion. 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."
He added: "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."
Michelle Keegan's hubby went on: "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 over time.
"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 also shared a snap of him giving a thumbs up to the camera as he lay in a hospital bed dressed in a hospital gown, as his fans rushed to the comments section to congratulate him on his bravery.
Emmerdale star Adam Thomas wrote: "Glad all is well bro."
While Simon Lennon echoed: "Glad you’re alright, pal. Sending lots of love."
And Paddy McGuinness wrote: "Back on the mend now son."
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