BAFTAs: Ashley Banjo thanks fans in acceptance speech
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The 33-year-old took on the challenge of choreographing ITV’s The Real Full Monty in a bid to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer. The six celebs who stripped off for the cause all seemed to have a connection to the deadly condition in some way and when promoting the series Ashley bravely revealed that he in fact had a personal cancer story to share as well. Since then the dancer has become unafraid of talking or using dancing to talk about important subjects.
The latest being a new ITV one-off show for Black History Month, which sees Ashley discover how race impacted not only his life but his friends and families too.
Talking about his personal health on This Morning and Lorraine Ashley revealed that he found a lump.
The dancer said: “I actually had a check myself I had a bit of scare.“I was like, ‘No, I’m fine, I’m a dancer, and I’m fit and healthy’. So I didn’t tell my wife or my family or anybody. Taking part in this is what made me finally go and do something about it and get checked out.
“I was really scared, it put the fear in me.”
Talking about the show’s success Ashley said: “We are so grateful every day. We wouldn’t have been able to do what we’ve done if it weren’t for people’s support. We are honestly so, so grateful.”
Viewers took to social media to also show their support for Ashley, his story and the show.
One person said: “@AshleyBanjo @thismorning @XanderArmstrongWELL DONE ASHLEY BRILLIANT PUTTING THIS TO PUBLIC AWARENESS”.
While a second user added: “@thismorning way to go Ashley & Alexander raising #awareness for #testicular & #prostate #cancer. Can’t wait to see the revised #FullMonty”.
Testicular cancer tends to affect men between 15 and 49 years of age and is usually detected by finding a lump, change in shape and change in texture of the testicles.
Like many cancer’s testicular cancer is always easier to treat the earlier it is found. Macmillan Cancer Support advises that from puberty onwards it is important to check testicles.
A self-examination only takes a few minutes and is important to look for any lumps or swelling and particular differences between your two testicles. Macmillan says to hold your scrotum in the palm of your hand. Use your fingers and thumb to examine each testicle.
It is normal for the testicles to be slightly different in size. It is also normal for one to hang lower than the other.
Macmillan continues to state that sometimes benign lumps or harmless cysts can develop that are common and normal. One example is on the epididymis (tube that carries sperm) is behind the top of each testicle. It feels like a soft, coiled tube.
Other conditions can cause lumps or swellings, and most lumps are not cancer. If you find anything unusual; or are just unsure, it is always best to get it checked by a GP.
Testicular cancer accounts for just one percent of all cancers that occur in men with around 2,300 men in the UK diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Almost all men who are treated for testicular germ cell tumours are cured, and it’s rare for the condition to return more than five years later.
Treatment almost always includes the surgical removal of the affected testicle, which does not usually affect fertility or the ability to have sex.
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