Chris Hughes has announced the heartbreaking news that his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer after he bravely stripped off for a live exam on This Morning.
The Love Island star shared the sad announcement alongside two pictures of himself and his brother Ben as children on Instagram .
It comes under two months after Chris bravely raised awareness of the disease by having his testicles examined live on This Morning.
Chris, 26, was praised for going bottomless on the ITV show as a doctor performed the examination on him in a bid to show men that there was nothing to be embarrassed about.
And it was that TV moment that prompted his brother to check his own testicles for lumps.
The star wrote on Instagram: “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. To which I told him, ‘Ben, it’s 3am, I’ll look in the morning, but if there’s a lump, go and check it checked tomorrow with the doctor’.
“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.”
Chris discovered a problem with one of his testicles when he was just 14-years-old but didn’t seek medical help until he was 20.
There was a build up of veins coming from his kidney and he was diagnosed with two conditions which left doctors fearing that he may be infertile like his brothers.
Chris underwent four operations, including keyhole surgery, and has been left with a big scar around his pubic region.
Chris, who has a low sperm count, revealed that his two brothers are completely infertile but both have “miracle” children.
He also explained that his cousin had his testicle removed after discovering he had testicular cancer because of stomach cramps as it moved up through his body.
Revealing why he didn’t get checked out sooner, Chris said on This Morning: “Because it doesn’t come with a lot of pain 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.”
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