Chris Evans has given fans a health update after being diagnosed with skin cancer.
The 57-year-old broadcaster revealed on his Virgin Radio show last month that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer, eight years after being given the all-clear, and has since revealed the remains of his operation.
He developed a skin cancer scare in 2020 after being tested for the disease after discovering spots on his body before Christmas. Before that, he was given ‘all clear’ after a prostate cancer scare in 2015.
And after finding a malignant growth on his leg, the former Top Gear host has now shared an update with fans, revealing that the growth has been removed. He showed on Instagram how just a small scar remains in place.
In an accompanying caption, Chris, who revealed he had become teetotal with his wife Natasha in August, wrote that he celebrated the news with a curry and 0.0% beer.
Update: Chris Evans has given fans a health update after being diagnosed with skin cancer
DELETED! The 57-year-old broadcaster announced on his Virgin Radio show last month that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer, eight years after receiving full approval.
Chris told followers: ‘And that’s a WRAP Early cuzza to celebrate +0.0 VERY cold beer. #getyourselfchecked/checkafriend Peace&Love people. HAPPY THURSDAY.’
Eight years ago, Chris was given the all-clear after fears about prostate cancer.
But fear of the disease remained at the forefront of Chris’s thoughts after he lost his father and two uncles to bowel cancer and his late mother had breast cancer.
He said last month: ‘For years I was such a scaredy cat, but things have been taken from me before that resulted in the deaths of my father, his two brothers and my mother.
‘Cancer has had enough of us. I changed my mind a while ago when I went to the toilet and clearly something was very wrong.
“And up until that point, I was afraid of any test you might have taken.
“For some reason this happened and it was so obvious. I finished what I was doing and immediately called my doctor and it was like a revelation. I thought, ‘Yes, I’m being monitored. My GP says I am now being checked too often for a few things.’
Chris announced on his Virgin Radio show that doctors had told him the news of his skin cancer diagnosis after his masseuse – who he called an ‘angel from heaven’ – noticed a freckle and urged him to get it checked out.
Previously: And after discovering a cancerous growth on his leg, the former Top Gear presenter has now shared an update with fans, revealing the growth has been removed
Relief: The star suffered a skin cancer scare in 2020 after being tested for the disease after discovering spots on his body before Christmas. Before that, he was given ‘all clear’ after a prostate cancer scare in 2015
Chris told listeners that the disease was found in an extremely early stage, adding that doctors have said the cancer is at ‘stage zero’ and ‘as treatable as cancer can be’. He will undergo treatment next month.
He told listeners, “I just need to talk briefly about… you know my biopsy for the skin cancer problem. So the best news I got while I was away was that it was a positive test. So I tested positive for skin cancer.
‘Better news would obviously have been that it would have been negative. But the reason it’s such good news is because they caught it as early as possible.
‘This only happened because Dee, this angel sent from heaven who gives me this massage every Friday, saw this freckle on my shin and said, ‘Do me a favor Chris, go get that checked out.’
‘I didn’t do that and the next week she said, ‘Have you been to someone because you just have to go. It’s probably nothing more than you have to go. That doesn’t look like a normal freckle to me.’ ‘
He continued, “Anyway, I started testing it. I ended up having surgery. So while we were away the email came through and the email was “Can you please call as we need to discuss your results, rather than everything being clear”. So I was ready for something.
“But because they caught it so early, it’s as treatable as cancer can be, to the extent that they caught it at stage zero.”
Chris also said: ‘It’s melanoma. There’s a phrase called “malignant melanoma” – you know, as soon as you get something and you learn all about it – it’s a redundant phrase because if it’s melanoma, it’s malignant.
‘But it’s been discovered so early, so you know, that it should be completely treatable. (Treatment) will take place on September 14.”
The running enthusiast added jokingly: ‘I won’t be able to run for a month after that, so I’m not going to do anything but run until then. Is that good?’
Family man: Chris has three sons and a daughter with professional golfer and part-time model Natasha, 38
Difficult: Fear of the disease remained at the forefront of Chris’s thoughts after he lost his father and two uncles to colon cancer and his late mother was diagnosed with breast cancer
There are three types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Although melanoma accounts for only 1 percent of cases, it causes a large majority of deaths.
If caught early, the cancer is relatively harmless and can be removed quickly.
Chris previously suffered from skin cancer and was tested for the disease after discovering strange spots on his body before Christmas.
He said at the time: ‘I had a few areas on my body inspected by a skin expert before Christmas and she said, ‘You should come see me again, just because of the color of your skin.’
He added that an expert told him he had “nothing to worry about” but said she advised him to get checked once a year.
The presenter continued: ‘I currently have a particularly large freckle on the back of my hand.’
In the summer of 2015, Chris was given the all-clear after undergoing tests for prostate cancer.
A source for the Sunday Mirror said: ‘Chris is in perfect health and his problems are behind him.’
Chris told his Breakfast show at the time: ‘Thanks again to The Who’s Kenney Jones, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago and has been a fundraiser and supporter of Prostate Cancer UK since his recovery.
‘Prostate cancer, and of course colon cancer, is one of the most survivable forms of cancer there is, if it is caught early enough. That’s not it, one of the least. It’s a thin line between life and death, happiness and tragedy.
‘And I have to say, I’m in the middle of a prostate problem right now! I couldn’t stop. I haven’t been able to stop – pee – or want to go since Christmas. So I went to the doctor.
‘I did all those things on the internet that you shouldn’t do, I went on the internet, scared myself half to death and then went to the doctor. And actually we should do it the other way around. But I’m in the middle of testing.’
Chris continued: “I’ve completely changed my tune on this over the last few years. There you go.
Fame and fortune: Chris became a household name thanks to his wild lifestyle and TV show, TFI Friday – pictured with Billie Piper in the 2000s, whom he later married and divorced
‘If you’re worried about something, make sure you take care of it yourself. If not for you, then for your family.”
In 2011, Chris opened up about undergoing his first colonoscopy exam due to his family’s history of cancer.
Chris’s father died of colorectal cancer and his mother was a breast cancer survivor.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘I went for a routine check and they found some nasty stuff in there and they removed it.
‘They were precancerous, not malignant – at least we don’t think so; They’ve been sent for a biopsy.
“The doctor said the only thing I could have done wrong was not coming to him.”
The number of skin cancer cases in Britain is increasing and it is currently the fifth most common form of cancer in Britain, with around 16,200 new cases each year.
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