Corrie star didnt know men could get cancer so young before diagnosis at 19

Coronation Street star Jack James Ryan opened up about his battle with testicular cancer on Lorraine this morning (May 17).

The Jacob Hay actor was 19 when he was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2017 but has since gone on to make a full recovery.

Jack, now 24, explained that after finding a lump, he was referred to hospital, where he had surgery to remove his left testicle and to receive a prosthetic replacement.

He also discussed how he had chemotherapy to ensure the cancer had not spread.

The actor said he was shocked when he realised he had testicular cancer, saying he "didn't even know that could happen" to men when they are so young.

Jack said: "I went in to have one of my testicles removed and I had a replacement put in there and then had a little bit of chemo afterwards – but because I caught it so early on, I was super lucky with the treatments."

Lorraine then said being aware of changes to your body is an important way of knowing if you have cancer, before asking if Jack had any symptoms such as feeling tired.

Jack replied: "To be honest I didn't have any symptoms and then I found the lump and thought this is serious.

"There is such a stigma with testicular cancer so making that first step to go to the hospital is nerve wracking and it's embarrassing but because I did it so quick it meant that the treatment was really great."

He also admitted he would love it if Coronation Street bosses introduced a storyline where his character would get the disease so he could raise awareness about it.

He said: "Telling that story as Jacob would be amazing to me."

Jack previously told how he supported his former co-star Victoria Ekanoye – who played Jude Appleton’s wife Angie until 2019 – through her own battle with breast cancer.

He explained on the Industry Minds podcast in 2020: “My brother and mum started crying and I was just kind of in the middle. It was weird, really weird, as though time had stopped.

“And then I always had this feeling that 'this isn't going to be the thing that kills me', I don't know why I was so confident!”

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV

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