Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams have launched ITV’s Check Your Chaps campaign.
The Westlife star and his wife appeared on today’s (February 2) Lorraine to promote the campaign to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.
Speaking on the programme, the pair met with individuals that only went to the doctor when prompted by their partner.
Williams admitted that she too would have to persuade McFadden to see a doctor.
She said: “Well, Brian would be like that too. He wouldn’t be pushed to really do much if I didn’t push him to do it. So even with that if he found something he would probably leave it on the long finger [put it off] and I would have to push and push.”
McFadden added: “But I think most men are like that. I know I had a mole on my back and for nearly a year and a half Vogue kept saying, ‘Get it checked, get it checked’, I was like, ‘It’s nothing, it’s just a mole’, and luckily in the end it was nothing.”
He continued: “But with this, what frightened me the most from meeting these boys is that when they found something and went to the doctor eventually, how quick something happened.
“These doctors didn’t wait around, every one of them, probably the most was three days later, that they were in, operated on and treatment started.
“So if you can imagine how important it is for the doctors to get it done quick, it just shows how important it is to get there in the first place.”
McFadden continued: “I always thought – and I think most guys my age are the same – ‘It’s not going to happen to me, I’m 35, I’m still young, it’s old people who get cancer’. [It is] this weird [idea] that boys have.
“Anyone can get it any age, you could be healthy, you don’t have to smoke, drink, it just happens.”
Check Your Chaps will feature on Lorraine all this week, and is supported by Prostate Cancer UK and male cancer charity Orchid.