Election 2015: Michael Fabricant reveals skin cancer diagnosis
Conservative parliamentary candidate Michael Fabricant has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
The former Tory vice-chairman and elections adviser to David Cameron announced the diagnosis via Twitter to raise awareness of the condition.
He has been diagnosed with melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, but says he is "optimistic" because specialists told him they have caught it in time.
The Tory is defending the West Midlands seat of Lichfield after 18 years as MP.
Mr Fabricant, well known in the Commons for his shock of blond hair, said he intended to continue campaigning with his "usual enthusiasm".
"The reason why I decided to tweet this - and I thought long and hard about whether to do so - is because if you deal with it early enough it is probably not a life-threatener," he said.
"So the moral of the story is: if you spot something which is changing on your skin, go and see a doctor."
Mr Fabricant was inundated with get-well messages from fellow Twitter users after making his announcement.
The candidates for Lichfield are:
- Andy Bennetts (Class War)
- Michael Fabricant (Conservative)
- Robert Pass (Green)
- John Rackham (UKIP)
- Paul Ray (Liberal Democrat)
- Chris Worsey (Labour)