Mark Wright has revealed he’s received lots of positive and thankful messages from people who got lumps checked after he spoke out about finding his benign tumour.
The former TOWIE star, 34, had a non-cancerous 12cm mass removed from his armpit last month and now has been given the ‘all clear’.
Now he has revealed that speaking out about the experience led to many reaching out to him to say that he’d encouraged them to go and see their own doctors about lumps they’d been putting off getting checked.
Doing good: Mark Wright has revealed he’s received lots of positive and thankful messages from people who got lumps checked after he spoke out about finding his benign tumor
He told Metro: ‘I think it’s imperative to talk about it. I’ve had so many messages – I didn’t really think about it, but I was just like, ‘You know what, if one person who sees this post has got a lump they’re a little bit concerned about and had otherwise just left it, it might just save their life,’ so I did it.
‘I’ve had so many messages, even an actor friend messaged me to say that he had a lump that was quite sore and that I reminded him to go and get checked.
‘He is all right and everything, but it just reminds people to get checked just to be sure.’
Mark is now back to full health and recently has been enjoying proper trips to the gym after he returned from his New Year break in the Maldives with wife Michelle Keegan, 34.
Health: The former TOWIE star, 34, had a non-cancerous 12cm mass removed from his armpit last month and now has been given the ‘all clear’
It comes after Mark showed off his surgery scar following a gym visit after having the 12cm benign tumor removed last month.
Posing shirtless, Mark lifted up his arm to show off the scar on him armpit as he told fans he was having to adapt his exercise regime to allow the tissue to heal.
A rather sweaty Mark said: ‘My first proper session back. If you haven’t started yet I understand. Sometimes it takes that first week to get back into the swing of things.
‘Im absolutely drenched in sweat, trying to get rid of this holiday fat. I gained about 8/ 9lbs over Christmas. I will get it off and continue to challenge myself in January.
Healing: It comes after Mark showed off his surgery scar following a gym visit after having the 12cm benign tumor removed last month
‘As you can see I’ve lost a little bit of size. I’m not allowed to do weights, probably won’t for another couple of weeks because of that little b*****d.
‘But we’re getting there. Not to bad. Lost a little bit of leanness but it will come off.’
The television personality said on December 21- two weeks after his operation: ‘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 went on to say that he has been feeling worried and anxious about what the tumor ‘could have been’ and said he was left feeling ‘low’ as he recovered.
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 hadn’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.
Break away: Mark has just returned from Mexico with his wife Michelle Keegan and revealed he had relaxed his diet and workout routine over Christmas
Earlier in December, Mark announced he had a 12cm tumor removed from his armpit after previously being reassured it was a ‘fatty lump that didn’t need treatment’.
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 tumor was benign, however doctors feared there was a chance it could turn cancerous and decided to remove it from his armpit.
After having the tumor 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, and urged his followers to seek medical advice if they discovered something they were worried about.
He wrote: ‘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.’
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