Norwich BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey reveals testicular cancer scare and urges others to check for lumps
Television host Jake Humphrey is urging people to check their bodies for lumps after revealing his own cancer scare.
The 38-year-old BT Sport presenter spoke about his experience at the launch of a new campaign aimed at tackling the disease today.
He said a lump was found on his testicle earlier this year after he went to his doctor to complain about pain he was having.
“I was quite nervous about going to the doctor, because I am naturally a bit of a hypochondriac,” Mr Humphrey said.
“But I knew that if it is going to be a bad diagnosis, the earlier it is found, the better.”
The father-of-two, who lives in Norwich, said he was only made aware that a lump had been found when he read his GP’s notes.
He added: “I just thought ‘this is how it happens’, one minute you are happy and then the next...
“When you have two little children, for any parent it is probably the biggest fear.”
Mr Humphrey said the lump was found to be non-cancerous and was instead due to a calcium build up.
But he is now urging others to check their bodies regularly and visit their GP if they find an abnormality.
He made the comments at the launch of Cancer Research’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign in London, which he is supporting.
The campaign, which was first launched in 2012, has raised more than £38m to date and supported around 40 clinical trials and projects.
“I don’t want people to be shy about visiting their doctor, and not to put off an appointment,” Mr Humphrey said.
“Because eventually you will have to go. It is all about early diagnosis.”
He said he had friends and family members who had suffered from the disease in the past.
His grandfather was diagnosed with liver cancer when Mr Humphrey was just 12, and in 2010 his wife’s friend, Gemma Barrett, died from a brain tumour.
Mr Humphrey added: “Cancer does not discriminate, it does not matter if you are rich or poor, or young or old.”
Cancer Research UK said every year around 5,700 people in Norfolk are diagnosed with cancer. Of those, the charity said 1,000 people diagnosed with it in Norwich.
• To donate to the campaign, visit the charity’s website on www.standuptocancer.org.uk