Coronation Street star Jack James Ryan has said he would love the soap to feature a testicular cancer storyline after battling the disease when he was 19.
The now-25-year-old was appearing on Lorraine to discuss his role as the villainous Jacob in the soap when he talked about his experienced of cancer.
Ryan opened up about how surprised he was to find out he had cancer after thinking it was an ‘old man disease’.
“It was a crazy time but I’ve come through the other side,” the actor explained. “It’s been a really positive experience so I want to be able to tell that story.”
The soap star also discussed his treatment and recovery: “I had surgery to get one of my testicles removed, had a replacement put in there and then had a bit of chemo afterwards, but because I caught it so early on I was super lucky with the treatment.”
Ryan went on to reveal how he found out he had cancer: “I didn’t have any symptoms and then I found the lump and instantly I was like, ‘Oh okay this is serious.’ Now I’m living my dream – I’m getting to go on the cobbles every day!”
He also said he would love for the soap to tackle a testicular cancer storyline through his character: “Getting to be able to tell that story on Coronation Street with someone like Jacob would be amazing for me.”
After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2017, Ryan has gone on to make a full recovery.
He has also turned his experiences of the disease into a play he wrote called Me & My Left Ball which helped him understand how being ill and having a testicle replaced made him feel.
Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon but is the most common cancer to affect men between the ages of 15 and 49.
The most common symptoms are a painless swelling or a lump in one of the testicles.