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EastEnders’ Ricky Champ hopes men will seek help after breast cancer storyline

Actor Ricky Champ last night told of his hope more men will seek out a doctor as his EastEnders character was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The soap has been working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support on the storyline that last night saw Stuart Highway receive the devastating news.

Stuart visited a doc last week about a rash he has on his chest. At the appointment, the doctor noticed a lump and sent him for a biopsy.

After further testing, Stuart was officially diagnosed with male breast cancer in last night’s episode, (Monday).

Over the next few months, he will “face challenges as he battles with his diagnosis and opening up to his wife Rainie”.

Actor Ricky said: “I feel honoured to be trusted with such an important storyline.

“We will see Stuart really struggle with the fact he has cancer, and to learn that it’s breast cancer is really difficult for him to understand.

“I hope by shedding a light on male breast cancer, more men will be aware of it and seek out a doctor if they notice anything wrong.”

Enders bosses want to ensure a realistic cancer experience is portrayed over the coming months.

Dany Bell, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It’s brilliant to see EastEnders release this very important and poignant storyline.

“We hope it encourages people to become more aware of the signs of breast cancer, regularly check their own chests and reach out for help if needed.

“Macmillan is here to offer advice and support to anyone impacted by the storyline and we encourage anyone experiencing signs or symptoms of cancer to visit their GP.”

Stuart made his first appearance in May 2018 as the drunken friend of Mick Carter and younger brother of Halfway.

For more information, visit MacMillan Cancer Support by clicking here.

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