Ex-Emmerdale star Catherine Tyldesley on husband’s breast cancer scare as she issues plea to other men
In an effort to encourage others to look for the “rare” symptoms, former Emmerdale star Catherine Tyldesley has spoken out about her husband Tom’s close call with male breast cancer.
The long-running ITV soap opera’s Abi Peterson and Eva Price were both played by actress Cath, who also portrayed Eva Price in Coronation Street. Cath used Instagram to tell her husband’s story. The actress and mother of two admitted that she too had discovered a lump in her breast in the past, but that she was luckily given the all-clear after being examined.
On April 13, Cath posted a phrase along with the statistic that one in 200 occurrences of breast cancer affect men on Instagram to describe Tom’s experience.
She wrote: “I debated whether to post this, but after talking to my husband, he felt that it was crucial.
Recently, @tompitfieldphotography discovered a sizable bump behind his nipple. Even if you try not to, you worry when you notice a bulge somewhere. Even after a scan and an ultrasound, the doctor was unsure of the problem. Tom required a biopsy, so.
“I myself discovered a lump a few years ago, but the breast specialist @jamesharvey said it was nothing.The breast surgeon was superb and meticulous. So when Tom was in his charge, I felt at ease. As always, the wait was agonizing.
“Many years ago, one of my friends who is male had breast cancer. Although it is uncommon, it does happen. Tom was unaware that men were susceptible to breast cancer. Thank goodness Tom’s test results showed that he had #Gynaecomastia, which is really pretty common in guys. We are extremely grateful.
However, our experience has inspired me to spread the word about men’s breast cancer. We’ve noticed that the majority of males aren’t even aware that it’s a possibility. Even if it’s uncommon, guys, it’s definitely worth inspecting your pecks! Similar symptoms to those in women. Most frequently, a lump. Possible causes include dilation and nappy discharge.
She continued, “Check your pecs lads!” as she thanked the NHS and urged others to “check their pecks.” Check your sex #malebreastcancer Thank you to the @jamesharvey.breastsurgeon and our incredibly great #NHS.
Fans, former co-stars, and friends instantly flooded the comments area with encouragement. Sally Dynevor, who starred in Sally Webster, reacted, saying, “Oh Cath this is so necessary to share. Thank you a lot. James Harvey is a great guy. To you both, my love.
Glad he’s okay, thank goodness. Thank you for spreading the word, since you never know, tweeted @heatherbooty. @swarren1982 added: “So important to share as I never knew thing was even a thing! X”