Michael Fabricant, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Lichfield, has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
The prospective MP has used the announcement to raise awareness of the disease, and to urge others to check their moles, after he was diagnosed with melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Mr Fabricant has said he feels “optimistic” that he can recover, and explained that medics have told him the cancer has been caught in time.
He announced his diagnosis on Twitter earlier, in tweets which suggested he may have undergone an operation.
I was diagnosed with skin cancer this morning (melanoma & basal cell carcinoma) at Queen's Hospital Burton. Probably caught in time. #NHS— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) April 10, 2015
.Had various bits removed so walking very oddly! The staff at Queen's are excellent and thoroughly professional. Well done #NHS!— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) April 10, 2015
That'll teach me to be a sun worshipper. All vanity! If you're like me, get your moles checked out!— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) April 10, 2015
Thanks for all the good wishes. I am mincing out now ('cos of the stitches) to have a rip roaring curry. It may take my mind off things!— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) April 10, 2015
Explaining why he broke the news on Twitter, Mr Fabricant told PA: "The reason why I decided to tweet this - and I thought long and hard about whether to do so - is because if you deal with it early enough it is probably not a life-threatener.
"So the moral of the story is: if you spot something which is changing on your skin, go and see a doctor.
"I don't intend for this to get in the way of my campaign which I shall continue with my usual enthusiasm. Nor do I plan a by-election in the next five years if I'm successful on May 7," he added.Reuse content