Chris Hughes reveals brother Ben has been diagnosed with testicular cancer

Chris Hughes has revealed his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer – just weeks after the Love Island star was examined for the condition on live television. 

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday evening, Chris, 25, admitted brother Ben had been given the news only hours earlier. 

Sharing a shot of the pair as children, he wrote:  ‘A sad day. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer this lunchtime, in which we pray for a kind prognosis.’

Devastated: Chris Hughes has revealed his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer - just weeks after the Love Island star was examined for the condition on live television

Devastated: Chris Hughes has revealed his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer - just weeks after the Love Island star was examined for the condition on live television

Devastated: Chris Hughes has revealed his brother has been diagnosed with testicular cancer – just weeks after the Love Island star was examined for the condition on live television

The TV personality – one of five brothers – revealed Ben had originally discovered an unusual lump in his testicles the day after Chris had urged viewers to be examined for the disease during an appearance on This Morning in November.    

He explained: ‘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”. 

Moving: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday evening, Chris, 25, admitted brother Ben had been given the news only hours earlier in a post accompanied by a shot of the pair as children 

Moving: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday evening, Chris, 25, admitted brother Ben had been given the news only hours earlier in a post accompanied by a shot of the pair as children 

Moving: Taking to Instagram on Tuesday evening, Chris, 25, admitted brother Ben had been given the news only hours earlier in a post accompanied by a shot of the pair as children 

Hopeful: 'A sad day. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer this lunchtime, in which we pray for a kind prognosis,' he wrote alongside images of himself and Ben as youngsters 

Hopeful: 'A sad day. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer this lunchtime, in which we pray for a kind prognosis,' he wrote alongside images of himself and Ben as youngsters 

Hopeful: ‘A sad day. My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer this lunchtime, in which we pray for a kind prognosis,’ he wrote alongside images of himself and Ben as youngsters 

Inseparable: Chris shares a close bond with his brothers (pictured with Ben before his diagnosis)

Inseparable: Chris shares a close bond with his brothers (pictured with Ben before his diagnosis)

Inseparable: Chris shares a close bond with his brothers (pictured with Ben before his diagnosis)

‘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.’

He added: ‘Testicular cancer is a silent killer, men need realise this and check themselves regularly. It takes 10 seconds. Please do it.’ 

Appearing on This Morning with Dr. Chris Steele in 2019, Chris was keen to raise awareness of testicular cancer and lowered his underwear so Steele, 76, could illustrate how an examination takes place.

Watch and learn: Appearing on This Morning with Dr. Chris Steele in 2019, Chris was keen to raise awareness of testicular cancer and and lowered his underwear so Steele, 76, could illustrate how an examination takes place

Watch and learn: Appearing on This Morning with Dr. Chris Steele in 2019, Chris was keen to raise awareness of testicular cancer and and lowered his underwear so Steele, 76, could illustrate how an examination takes place

Watch and learn: Appearing on This Morning with Dr. Chris Steele in 2019, Chris was keen to raise awareness of testicular cancer and and lowered his underwear so Steele, 76, could illustrate how an examination takes place

Opening up: The reality star revealed a long scar on his own testicle as he spoke about his own shock health scare during his appearance on the show in November

Opening up: The reality star revealed a long scar on his own testicle as he spoke about his own shock health scare during his appearance on the show in November

Opening up: The reality star revealed a long scar on his own testicle as he spoke about his own shock health scare during his appearance on the show in November

The reality star revealed a long scar on his own testicle as he spoke about his own shock health scare, telling hosts Phillip Schofield, 56, and Rochelle Humes, 29, about what his male relatives went through.

He said: ‘I was diagnosed with two separate conditions, I had operations but there was no long term damage.

‘I was around 14 and I noticed like a build up of veins and eventually got it looked at [six years later, aged 20] and they referred to hospitals and I ended up having three operations on my left testical, and that was more down to safety with infertility, because the veins take oxygen.

‘My sperm count was quite low, I have had a hydrocele. I have had four operations on them.’

Anxiety: Chris previously said that he waited until he was 20 to see a doctor because he felt embarrassed, but he has since realised he needn't have been

Anxiety: Chris previously said that he waited until he was 20 to see a doctor because he felt embarrassed, but he has since realised he needn't have been

Anxiety: Chris previously said that he waited until he was 20 to see a doctor because he felt embarrassed, but he has since realised he needn’t have been

Chris previously said that he waited until he was 20 to see a doctor because he felt embarrassed, but he has since realised he needn’t have been.

He continued: ‘It surrounded my left side and I had keyhole [surgery] in my hip region but that didn’t work and I have a big scar across my pubic region where they’ve cut in and coiled the veins off in that area to hopefully settle them down slightly.’

Explaining how he froze his sperm at the same time, Chris said, ‘I did. My two brothers are completely infertile… although one brother does have a child now, it was a miracle child.

Worrying: Cancer Research UK figures show there are around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year across the home nations 

Worrying: Cancer Research UK figures show there are around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year across the home nations 

Worrying: Cancer Research UK figures show there are around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year across the home nations 

‘But my other brother, Will, does not have a sperm in his body. My count was quite low but I did get some frozen.

‘Altogether I’ve had four operations [on my testicles]. And my cousin had testicular cancer. It was secondary because he only discovered [he had a problem] after suffering with awful stomach cramps…’

Cancer Research UK figures show there are around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year across the home nations.

SIGNS OF TESTICULAR CANCER

During the early stages, testicular cancer typically presents as a hard lump or swelling in a testis. 

The lump is usually painless and can vary considerably in size but is typically the size of a pea and located on the front or side of the testicle.

Not all individuals with testicular cancer will present with a lump in their testicles. 

  • Any enlargement or change in the way the testicle looks or feels
  • A sensation of heaviness in the scrotum 
  • A dull ache in the testicle, lower abdomen (stomach) or groin region 
  • A collection of fluid in the scrotum. 

Symptoms can be subtle and therefore easily missed which is why it is so important to familiarise yourself with how your testicles feel when they are healthy.

If the cancer is not detected early, it may spread to other parts of the body and you may develop symptoms in parts of the body other than the affected testicle.

These include:

  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath 
  • A decreased libido 
  • Fatigue 
  • A cough
  • Swelling and tenderness in the chest  

However the good news is testicular cancer is very treatable, with around a 95 per cent cure rate. 

Source: The Josh Carrick Foundation  

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