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First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has revealed he's been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The 46 year old star was diagnosed just six weeks ago and has vowed he won't let the disease "get the better of him."
In an interview with the, the star discussed the moment he told his seven year old daughter Alix the heartbreaking news.
"I said, ‘Dad’s got cancer’. She said, ‘Is that bad, Dad?’
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“I said, ‘Yes, it’s very serious but I think it should be OK. Modern medicine’s great and if anything changes I’ll let you know.’"
Merlin continued: "She understands that people can die but I told her cancer comes in different varieties and in different ways too – and that many people come through it.”
The star will undergo a year of treatment and he has been told by doctors that he has a 75 per cent chance of living beyond five years.
Merlin began to feel pain in June but assumed it was caused by scar tissue he already had, due to a car accident he was in aged 20.
After further investigation, doctors discovered Merlin had a 4.5cm Stage 3 tumour.
"I thought, as most people must when they get a diagnosis, ‘Oh f***, I’ve got cancer’" Merlin revealed.
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He added: “I also wanted to know, what are my chances of surviving? It’s terrifying – of course I want to live.
“I’ve shed a tear in private. But you can choose ‘to do’ or ‘not to do’. I chose to lead my life as normal, to stick to the facts about it, and to keep putting one step in front of the other.”
Merlin told his wife Lucile, 40, the news over the phone as she was working when he found out.
Merlin said: "Lucile was working the day I got my diagnosis. I called her in the car on the way home from the hospital.
"I said, 'Listen sweetie, we've found out what it is. It's a malignant tumour and I need chemo.
"Of course she was incredibly upset."
Merlin continued: "A week later I called some close friends. Fred was lovely and encouraging. He asked me how it has changed my life.
"I told him, 'You either let it or you don't. If you let it, it can take you down some pretty dark places.'
"CiCi and Grant were both shocked. Grant said, 'Christ, man, this sort of thing always seems to happen to the best of people.' That was very sweet."
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