Labour MP Chris Bryant fought back tears during an interview on SkyNews today, as he talked about being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer.
Bryant, who is the MP for the Welsh constituency of Rhondda said his husband, Jared Cranney, discovered the growth.
He told SkyNews presenter, Kay Burley, how a shorter-than-usual haircut allowed his husband to spot the melanoma before Christmas, although he dismissed it at the time as ‘a tiny little mole’.
The MP has visible scars from where the melanoma was cut out from the side of his head in January.
The former minister told Burley: ‘There was no pain, I’d get a bit of an itchy scalp in the winter anyway, so it was slightly itchy and I could feel it was a bit raised – about the thickness of a 2p coin maybe.’
He explained during the live interview how he made the decision to get what he considered a mole checked out by a doctor in January.
Diagnosis was like a punch in the stomach
Welling up with emotion, Bryant told the SkyNews presenter: ‘It feels like being punched in the stomach.’
‘You do want to cry, I felt cold in my skin for 48 hours.
‘I slept terribly that night and I imagined everything – I was going to be dead by the end of the week, I wasn’t going to make it to Easter, every single twinge in my body was another form of cancer.’
He also praised his husband as a ‘star’ and told Burley how he was struck by the fact that a decade or so earlier he would have been reluctant to have his partner by his side during his hospital visits.
‘I would have worried about having my partner there with me because I’d have had to explain who he was,’ he said.
‘No one today bats an eyelid.’
SkyNews reported that Bryant is positive about his future health, adding: ‘At the moment, all the prognosis is really good.’