Chris Evans reveals why he did not think skin cancer blemish was unusual

The Virgin Radio presenter recently revealed he has been diagnosed with a melanoma in its early stages.

Chris Evans and wife Natasha Shishmanian attend the wedding of Billie Piper and Laurence Fox at the Parish Church Of St. Mary's on December 31, 2007 in Easebourne, West Sussex.  Picture James Boardman
Chris Evans has revealed why he dismissed skin cancer blemish at first. (Alamy)

Chris Evans has revealed he originally dismissed his skin cancer as just another freckle

The Virgin Radio breakfast host - who has just revealed he has been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma in its early stages - revealed a masseuse pointed out an unusual blemish on his leg but he initially ignored her suggestion to have it checked out by a medical professional.

Evans, 57, told TalkTV: "The lady who did my massage spotted this mark on my left calf six weeks ago and she said, 'Have you noticed this before?'

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"She said, 'I think you should get it checked out. I don’t think it’s anything but you know I see a lot of this, this is what I do for a living, I look at people’s skin, I’m in contact with them all the time' and she said, 'I’ve seen a few things over the years and that’s something you might want to get checked out.'

"The next Friday I went back and she said, 'What did they say about the freckle?' I said I didn’t go and she gave me this different look, more maternal look.

"I think I was going to do something about it anyway, but she gave me a look just six days after the first time. She said, 'Do it for me. Go and get this checked out' and I thought, 'Yeah absolutely of course I will.'"

English presenter Chris Evans poses during a photocall at the MIPCOM 2015 (International Film and Programme Market for Tv, Video,Cable and Satellite) in Cannes, southeastern France. The publicly funded BBC has published Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, revealing that its best-paid star, radio host Chris Evans, earns more than 2.2 million pounds ($2.9 million) a year. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File )
Chris Evans admitted as a redhead he has a lot of freckles. (AP/Alamy)

Explaining his reasons for not visiting a doctor right away he said: "I have lots of blemishes. I’m a redhead. I’m covered in freckles."

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Evans announced on his radio show that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer and expects to be treated in September.

He said he felt very "lucky" as “they caught it so early, it’s as treatable as cancer can possibly be."

Evans previously revealed he has had surgery to remove polyps, as a precaution against colon cancer.

TV and radio presenter Chris Evans. Mass race runners, many in costume, on the last mile at Birdcage Walk. Following a 2-year absence, the Virgin Money London Marathon is back to its traditional course from Blackheath to the Mall. It is set to be the largest marathon staged anywhere, with over 40,000 participants, and a similar number completing the virtual marathon on a course of their choice simultaneously. Credit: Imageplotter/Alamy Live News
Chris Evans running the London Marathon in 2021. (Alamy)

The former Top Gear presenter lost his father and two uncles to the disease and now has regular check-ups to ensure he catches any signs of early cancer.

Evans is very open when talking about his own health.

In February 2021 he told how he was rushed to hospital with kidney stones – after mistaking the symptoms for trapped wind.

And in 2019 The former TFI Friday host dropped his trousers live on This Morning while discussing his varicose veins.