Only Fools And Horses Star Patrick Murray Shares Cancer Story

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Actor Patrick Murray has confirmed that he has had a cancerous lung removed.

Murray who is known for playing Mickey Pearce in the BBC classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses has been endorsing an advert encouraging people to get unexplained discomforts checked.

He also took to Twitter to confirm his recent battle with cancer.

“fighting chance”

Taking to Twitter, Patrick Murray has revealed that taking an ultrasound gave him a “fighting chance”.

 “Naturally I wanted to keep my own health problems private, but failing to fully endorse this ad would be selfish”, Murray wrote. “Thanks to my ultrascan I have a fighting chance”. 

“It showed my organs needed further investigation and tumours were spotted. This led to a pet scan which covers a much larger area. To my wonderful surprise these lesions were not cancerous but the scan did find an EARLY stage cancerous tumour in my lung”.

He also added, “This has since been removed and I am tweeting now, which would not be the case if I hadn’t had the ultrasound all those months ago. The actor has urged those who are suffering unexplained symptoms to not “ignore it if the problem persists”.

“further investigation”

Patrick Murray has also confirmed that he has been endorsing a Government advert, encouraging people to get unexplained discomforts checked.

“It showed my organs needed further investigation and tumours were spotted. This led to a pet scan which covers a much larger area”, he said.

“To my wonderful surprise these lesions were not cancerous. But the scan did find an EARLY stage cancerous tumour in my lung”, he continued. “This has since been removed. I am tweeting now, which would not be the case if I hadn’t had the ultrasound all those months ago”.

Murray also stated that it is important for people not to “ignore it if the problem persists”.

“The other day I saw a gov advert advising anyone who has been suffering from bloating, pain or discomfort in the abdominal region and constipation to ask their GP to refer them for an ultrasound exam”, he tweeted.

“It’s quick totally painless and it can save your life, I now speak from my own experience. As for me and thanks to the NHS, I can now see the same beautiful horizon as you”. 

The cast of sitcom Only Fools and Horses paid emotional tributes to fellow actor John Challis aka Boycie who passed away last year. 

Check out the tributes here.