Mark Wright has 12cm tumour removed from armpit after cancer scare

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Mark Wright had a tumour removed. (PA)
Mark Wright had a tumour removed. (PA)

Mark Wright has revealed that he’s had a 12cm tumour removed from his armpit.

The Only Way Is Essex star opened up about his health scare on Instagram, saying it was a “tough call” deciding whether to speak out but that it was the right thing to do.

He told his followers he had found a lump and that he consulted a series of specialists after it started to grow.

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The tumour has now been removed and will be tested but the star's doctor is confident it isn’t "sinister”.

Sharing pictures of his lump, Wright wrote: “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.”

The star — who is married to Our Girl’s Michelle Keegan — said the lump later grew and began to “bother” him.

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright on the blue carpet at The Global Awards at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

“I am someone that when it comes to life in general, I leave no stone unturned,” said the 34-year-old.

“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. 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.

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright at Disneyland Paris where they have joined young people and their families who were affected by the Manchester Arena bombing. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright at Disneyland Paris. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

“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."

Wright said the quick turnaround was because the doctor wanted the lump out "to prevent the rare risk of a LIPOMA turning into a sarcoma over time".

Mark Wright attending the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
The star urged people to have anything that doesn’t look or feel quite right checked out. (PA)

The reality star went on: “He also could not 100% confirm by the MRI that this was definitely a benign tumour and not something more sinister.

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“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.”

Wright then urged fans: “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.”

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