Vinnie Jones has skin cancer
25th November 2013 – Vinnie Jones has revealed he has been diagnosed with malignant
melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer.
The 48 year old says he found he had the disease when he saw a doctor after discovering a small lump under one
eye. After the lump was removed, tests revealed it was a malignant melanoma.
Jones, who earned a hard man reputation during a footballing and acting career, told The Sun: "I’m fighting this
cancer with everything I’ve got."
He also revealed that his wife, Tanya, 47, has had the disease too.
About 12,800 people are diagnosed with melanoma each year in the UK. The number of people with the disease has risen in recent decades and is now more than 4 times higher than it was 30 years ago.
The main factor that increases the risk of melanoma is
ultraviolet light – either from sunshine or sunbeds. Other risk factors are having moles, freckles and very pale skin.
Melanoma starts in
skin cells called melanocytes and can spread throughout the body.
Latest figures show that 84% of men and 92% of women survive the disease for at least 5 years after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma.
However, Vinnie Jones revealed the
cancer diagnosis came as a shock. "It's weighing very heavily on me all the time," he says.
Jones was known for his 'Crazy Gang' antics as a player with Wimbledon FC in the 1990s. His tough guy image continued as an actor in Lock, Stock and Two
Smoking Barrels and subsequent film appearances. Recently he appeared in a TV advert explaining how to administer first aid in the event of a heart attack.
Earlier this month, fellow actor Hugh Jackman, 45, announced he had also been treated recently for skin cancer and had a small growth removed from his nose.
Vinnie Jones, who now lives in Los Angeles, is reported to be working with the Melanoma Research Foundation based in Washington, US.