Labour MP Chris Bryant’s cancer fight after trip to barber reveals killer mole – News Live

Labour MP Chris Bryant’s cancer fight after trip to barber reveals killer mole – News Live


  Going to the ­barber’s will forever prove bittersweet for Chris ­Bryant as he owes his life to a haircut that exposed a mole which turned out to be skin cancer  And the Welsh MP has urged others to seek urgent help if they spot ­suspicious lesions on their skin to give themselves a bigger chance of survival  Staples, skin grafts and a huge dressing are painful evidence of his brush with death after being diagnosed with a stage three melanoma  Bryant was full of praise for the NHS staff who cared for him when he had the mole removed at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil   But he laid into Theresa May for starving the service in Wales of cash then blaming the Labour-run system for any problems    He said: “If the Prime Minister says anything hostile about the Welsh NHS I shall projectile vomit at her across the chamber  “There are ­problems with funding, she’s mainly responsible for that, but staff are doing brilliantly I know that from experience.”  Bryant told how his husband Jared Cranney spotted the mole on the back of his head after he had a trim  The Rhondda MP said: “If it’s on the back someone else has to notice it. It was just a bump, as thick as a 2p coin   “The GP said it might be a wart but, and he really said this, thanks to the Labour government’s two-week cancer pathway I’ll refer you to a dermatologist and you’ll be seen within a fortnight ”    The specialist dropped the bombshell news that 57-year-old Bryant had a malignant ­melanoma  He added: “It was like being punched very, very hard in the stomach. I felt like the whole of my skin was ice cold I wanted to cry.  “I was imagining they’d cut me open and find my body riddled.”  The Foreign Office Minister was given expert advice on how to deal with the emotional side of being ­diagnosed with cancer, which he wants to share with others   He said: “That first night will be your worst night. You don’t have to be strong Just let it all go.” But he warned patients to avoid trying to find out about their condition on Google  He added: “A lot of stuff on the internet is just wrong, or old. Science has moved on Talk to your doctor.  “Dr Google is the worst doctor. The only bit you remember is the bad things… I’m going to die by Easter ”  And to anyone spotting a new or changing mole on their body he warned: “Don’t hang about Go straight to your GP today. It might save your life.”

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