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Only Fools and Horses Star Patrick Murray ‘would Not Be Here’ If He Hadn’t Got His Cancer Diagnosis

Luckily, doctors caught the tumour early (Picture: Andy Oliver/

Only Fools and Horses star Patrick Murray has said he ‘wouldn’t be here now’ if he had not gone to the GP about a swelling in his stomach.

Murray, 65, who played Mickey Pearce in the classic BBC sitcom, is urging people to get unexplained discomfort checked out, after scans caught a cancerous lung tumour in its early stages.

Speaking on ITV news, the actor said: ‘I had a swelling in my belly, it lasted for about three weeks and I was going to put it down to men things or whatever but I decided to call my GP.’

After a short examination when the doctor ‘couldn’t find any of the usual suspects,’ he suggested the star had an ultrasound.

Two weeks later, Murray went to his local hospital for a ‘very quick, clean and non-invasive’ examination.

‘The very next day I had a call from my doctor saying they found a tumour, a possibly cancerous tumour on my liver and I would need some more tests,’ he said.

He initially wanted to keep his diagnosis quiet (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

After an MRI scan and a CT scan, doctors found a cancerous tumour in his lung, but it was at an early stage.

‘This is very important, had they not caught it then I probably wouldn’t be here chatting away now,’ he shared.

Earlier this week, Murray revealed he had his cancerous lung tumour removed and endorsed a government advert urging people to get any discomfort checked.

He admitted that he ‘could have passed it by’ after his ‘little journey,’ however, the actor didn’t want to keep it to himself as ‘we need to spread this message.’

Patrick Murray became a household name after playing Mickey Pearce (Picture: BBC)

‘If you have got symptoms that persist for more than a couple of weeks you have to get them looked at, I’m not talking about pain, I am talking about discomfort or a little bit of swelling, if it doesn’t feel right, get it looked at.

‘Cancer has symptoms that usually don’t show until you’re in the late stage but often they are quite mild in the early stage but get seen too,’ he urged.

He encourages people not to ‘worry about the pandemic’ as ‘the government have put this thing out because it is important.’

‘Ultrasound technology has come on incredibly in the last 10 years, what used to be a fuzzy picture is now a clear crisp picture and by magic they can see everything that is going on inside your tummy,’ the icon added.

More: BBC

His cancer announcement comes four months after John Challis, who played unscrupulous second-hand car dealer Boycie in the beloved series, died from cancer aged 79.

Murray played dim-witted wide boy Mickey alongside David Jason as Del Boy and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses from 1983 to 2003.

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