Love Island's Chris Hughes Praised For Undergoing Testicular Examination Live On TV
Love Island's Chris Hughes has been praised for undergoing a testicular examination live on This Morning.
Chris was keen to raise awareness of testicular cancer and other related issues, and bravely dropped his pants so that This Morning's Doctor Chris Steele could demonstrate how men can examine themselves.
After the examination the 25-year-old spoke openly about a scar on his own testicle and discussed his own and his family's problems with testicular health.
Chris revealed that he has had three operations on the varicocele on his left testicle, and said that his two brothers had been believed to be completely infertile before one managed to have a miracle baby.
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."
Chris 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."
He also explained how he froze his sperm at the same time, saying, "I did. My two brothers are completely infertile... although one brother does have a child now, it was a miracle child.
"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."
View this post on InstagramThis Morning's live examination was important for me to speak openly about checking yourself. Testicular issues have plagued myself & my family for many years, from cancer to infertility, so helping and urging others to check themselves means a lot to me, as not only does it affect you, it can affect the people around you and your life going forward, whilst most importantly saving lives. Thank you for having me @thismorning and @movember you're all amazing in what you do.
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This Morning viewers were quick to praise Chris for his bravery and for using his platform to raise awareness of testicular cancer and other conditions that may develop below the belt.
One viewer wrote: "This Morning have shown this before, so made self examination less weird. Few years ago I did find something, which was terrifying, after GP referred for an ultrasound scan it was just a cyst. Thank you Chris for promoting self examination, check yourself out fellas!"
Massive respect @chrishughes_22 Using your platform to raise awareness and especially with your target audience is just bloody brilliant. What a guy :ok_hand:
- Ant (@Antdavedan1983) November 28, 2018
Another added: "Fair play to @chrishughes_22 having his testicles manhandled by Dr Chris @thismorning. Well done for raising awareness."
A third viewer said: "Brave move on #thismorning today Chris. Well done you. Show these chaps there's nothing to fear or feel embarrassed by."
Very,Very brave thing to do but it was so valuable to show that a simple, gentle "massage" can detect the start of something that might kill you left untreated due to sheer ignorance or laziness of men not doing this on a regular basis. Thanks again Chris, well done you!
- Richard Carpenter (@Richard30737361) November 28, 2018
Cancer Research UK figures show there are around 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year across the UK.
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