Mark Wright has revealed that he has received many positive and grateful messages from people who have had lumps checked after speaking out about finding his benign tumor.
The former TOWIE star, 34, had a non-cancerous 12cm mass removed from his armpit last month and has now been given the “completely clear”.
Now he has revealed that speaking up about the experience has led many to contact him to say he encouraged them to see their own doctor about lumps they had delayed getting checked out.
Doing good: Mark Wright has revealed that he has received many positive and grateful messages from people who had nodules checked after he spoke out about finding his benign tumor
He said to Metro, “I think it’s necessary to talk about it. I’ve had so many messages – I haven’t really thought about it, but I was just like, ‘You know what, if a person seeing this message has a lump they are a little concerned about it and otherwise would have just left them alone, maybe could it save their lives’, so I did it.
“I’ve had so many messages, even an actor friend messaged me to say he had a pretty painful lump and that I reminded him to go check it out.
“He’s fine and all, but it just reminds people to get checked just to be sure.”
Mark is now fully healthy and has recently enjoyed good trips to the gym after returning from his New Years holiday in the Maldives with wife Michelle Keegan, 34.
Health: The former TOWIE star, 34, had a benign 12cm mass removed from his armpit last month and has now been given the ‘completely clear’
It comes after Mark showed his surgery scar after going to the gym after the benign 12cm tumor was removed last month.
Mark posed shirtless and raised his arm to reveal the scar on his armpit, while telling fans he needed to adjust his exercise regimen to allow the tissue to heal.
A rather sweaty Mark said, “My first real session back. If you haven’t started yet, I understand. Sometimes it takes the first week to get going again.
“I am absolutely drenched in sweat and trying to get rid of this holiday grease. I gained about 8/9 pounds over Christmas. I’m going to work on it and keep challenging myself in January.
Healing: It comes after Mark showed his surgery scar after going to the gym after the benign 12cm tumor was removed last month
“As you can see I’ve lost some weight. I’m not allowed to do weights, probably not in a few weeks because of that little b*****d.
‘But we’ll get there. Not very. I’ve lost some thinness, but it’ll come off.’
The television personality said on December 21, two weeks after his surgery: ‘I recently got the news that it’s all clear, it’s cancer free. It was a terribly troubling time, but that’s over, it’s past, we’re moving on.’
Mark went on to say he felt worried and anxious about what the tumor “could have been” and said he felt “low” when he recovered.
He continued, “I’ve had the worry and the fear of what this could have been, and just staying in there and recovering, which left me feeling a little down and not very motivated.”
He explained that he hadn’t been able to exercise for the past two weeks while recovering from surgery, but that he has a much ‘clearer’ head now that he can exercise again.
Break away: Mark has just returned from Mexico with wife Michelle Keegan and revealed he relaxed his diet and exercise routine over Christmas
Earlier in December, Mark announced that a 12cm tumor had been removed from his armpit after being previously reassured that it was a “fat bump that needed no treatment”.
He explained how concerned he was when a mass began to grow in his armpit, having previously been reassured that it was a “fat bump that needed no treatment.”
Mark revealed that he was later told the tumor was benign, but the doctors feared there was a chance it could turn into cancer and decided to remove it from his armpit.
After the tumor was removed, Mark said he wanted to share his journey with his followers in hopes of encouraging others to get nodules checked.
Mark, who shared a photo of the lump in his arm, a photo of himself in a hospital gown and the mass after it was removed, urging his followers to seek medical advice if they discover anything they’re concerned about.
He wrote: ‘MORAL OF THE STORY: If you notice something that doesn’t look right or feel quite right. Don’t leave it behind.
“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.’
WHAT IS A LIPOMA?
Lipomas are noncancerous 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 located just under the skin, are dome shaped and soft to the touch.
They occur in about one in 1,000 people in the US. and about one in 100 people in the UK.
Doctors don’t know what causes lipomas, but think it could be due to a hereditary defective gene or physical trauma.
Most do not cause pain unless they are deep in the body and press on nerves or organs.
If a lipoma affects the gut, it can cause constipation and nausea.
Most lipomas do not need to be removed, but surgery may be necessary if the growth is large, causing symptoms, or is unsightly.
Source: Cleveland Clinic