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Late last month, reality TV star Chris Hughes did something most men don’t have the — ahem — balls to do: He opened his robe on live TV and got a testicular cancer exam for the entire world to see. The morning TV spot was obviously a push to get more men involved in their own health, and to help spread the word that self-exams are easy, simple and necessary. And for that, people on social media are commending him, as they should be!
Chris Hughes, 25, became a household name in the UK when he appeared on the show Love Island last year. He was known for not being all that shy, as at least one leaked video showed him walking around the villa with it all hanging out. Hughes has since appeared on a few other reality TV series, in addition to at one point dropping a single and releasing a book as well.
But a video clip of Hughes having a testicular cancer exam administered on him live on television went viral shortly after it aired. The show was This Morning, a UK morning show that dedicated a segment to the importance of self-exams.
As it turns out, Hughes had a health scare of his own “down there.” And he recounts it on air: “I was around 14 and I noticed like a build up of veins and eventually got it looked at [six years later, when he was 20] and they referred to hospitals and I ended up having three operations on my left testicle, and that was more down to safety with infertility. … I have had four operations on them.”
After Hughes opens his robe and the camera zooms in on his crotch, you can actually see the scar running down the length of his scrotum. Shortly after the show’s Dr. Chris completes the testicular cancer exam on him, detailing just how easy it is.
Watch Chris Hughes get a testicular cancer exam live on camera here:
With the recent news that 68% of men don’t know how to check themselves, Dr Chris demonstrates a testicular examination on @LoveIsland’s @chrishughes_22, who has previously had a health scare himself pic.twitter.com/TMMgoH8nA5
— This Morning🎄 (@thismorning) November 28, 2018
Response to the TV segment was very positive, with several people calling out the importance of testicular cancer exams and how promoting them to the general public could actually save lives.
“Such an important bit of TV — sensibly done & certainly life-saving. Well done,” said one commenter. “So important to raise as much awareness as possible. There is nothing embarrassing about saving lives,” said another.