Vinnie Jones — one of the toughest men on the planet, who left footballing for acting — has skin cancer. He just revealed that he's undergoing treatment for it, and what it felt like to hear the diagnosis.
Seriously, 'you have cancer' will bring even the manliest men to their humble knees.
"Cancer is a horrible word to hear. It frightens the life out of you. I've faced the biggest and ugliest lads on the football field and been in some nasty bar brawls. But this is my toughest and scariest opponent yet."
At 48 years old, he found a lump under his eye — and luckily he went to get it checked out.
"When the doctor said I had skin cancer, the first thing I thought was, 'How long have I got?' A million and one things go through your head. It's weighing very heavily on me all the time. It has really knocked me for six and made me reassess my life and goals. If you spot something on your skin that doesn't feel right, like a little spot or tick, then get it checked out immediately."
And, that's not all - Vinnie's wife Tanya also has had several growths removed over the past few years, which experts say that it could have been a side effect from medication she took after a heart transplant 26 years ago.
He has now had three operations to remove cancerous spots: two under his eye and one on the back of his head, and that message about getting checked out immediately couldn't be any more important!
We hope others — people who look up to Vinnie for being strong — will be inspired by his message!
And of course, we hope he gets better soon!
[Image via Curtis Sabir/WENN.]