Gogglebox’s Tom Malone opens up on family cancer tragedy

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Tom Malone has opened up the personal reason behind his latest challenge in walking 11,000 steps a day for Prostate Cancer UK. The 28-year-old’s family have been affected by cancer in numerous ways over the years, with four members of his family catching the disease.

“It’s something quite close to our hearts,” the former Gogglebox star said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

Tom said that he hopes backing the campaign will help make a difference to prostate cancer awareness and getting checked.

The reality star’s two grandads, great aunt and a cousin have all suffered from the disease.

11,500 deaths are the result of a prostate cancer diagnosis each year, making it the top cancer risk for men.

Tom said he looks at those statistics remembering the lives of dads, brothers, cousins, uncles and sons who have sadly passed away.

“It points out that it can happen to anyone at any time, so you kind of have to make the most of the time you’ve got,” he added.

“If there’s anything we can do to support the research or help this disease and help people or prolong peoples’ lives then you kind of have to do it.

“It’s something that doesn’t get talked about enough.”

Prostate cancer mainly affects men over the age of 50, with the risk increasing with age.

Five common warning signs of the disease are; Pain and/or a burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating, frequent urination, especially during the nighttime, trouble starting urination, or stopping urination once in progress, sudden erectile dysfunction and blood in either urine or semen.

While the disease predominantly affects older men, Tom urges those younger to be aware of what could happen.

He added: “It doesn’t affect people my age as much, but it should be on everyone’s radar because you just never know.

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“It’s always better to be prepared for something and to be aware rather than just having no idea.”

After announcing his involvement with the campaign, Tom said he received lots of DMs thanking him for raising awareness.

“It was good to know that I was doing something that could possibly make a difference. Even having people talking about it still raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer,” he continued.

The Gogglebox star, who left the show last year, was also praised for opening up about his Autism diagnosis back in June.

Tom told how he “always felt a bit different” so decided to get tested.

Revealing his personal news on Instagram, The Real Dirty Dancing star said the diagnosis was “something that both makes sense to me whilst at the same time is something completely new to learn about and understand more about why I am the way I am.

“Now begins the journey. This one goes out to all the kids that have ever felt misunderstood due to being a little bit different.”

Gogglebox continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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