Vinnie Jones health: The illness that 'frightens the life out of you'

Capitalising on his hard man image, Vinnie Jones swapped his football boots to play gangsters on the big screen. Yet, in his latest TV appearance, the public will see his softer side, as a certain illness gave him his biggest blow.

In July 2019, Vinnie’s wife of 25 years, Tanya, lost her life to cancer.

The couple were both diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2013, with Vinnie vowing to The Sun at the time that he’d fight it with “everything I’ve got”.

Vinnie did indeed do everything in his power to clear his body of the disease.

These cells – responsible for making a pigment called melanin – are in the deep layer of the epidermis (i.e. skin).

The pigment melanin helps to protect the body from ultraviolet light (UV radiation) from the sun.

UV radiation can cause sunburn, which is a sign of skin damage; over time, enough damage can cause cells to grow uncontrollably, leading to cancer.

Risk factors for developing melanoma skin cancer include: fair skin types, lighter hair and eye colour, the number of moles you have and a family history of the disease.


B – border

This refers to the edges of the mole. Melanomas are more likely to have irregular edges (border) that might be blurred or jagged.

C – colour

This refers to the colour of the mole. Melanomas are often an uneven colour and contain more than one shade (eg. shades of black, brown or pink).

D – diameter

This refers to how wide the mole is. Most melanomas are more than 6mm wide.

E – evolving

Melanomas might change in size, shape or colour; they might bleed, itch or become crusty.

Cancer Research UK recommend people to see their GP if you have any of the ABCDE signs.

You do not need more than one ABCDE sign to get things checked out by a doctor.

Also book an appointment with the doctor if you have an unusual mark or lump on your skin that lasts for a few weeks.

Heartbroken, Vinnie will appear on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Saturday September 5th, at 10pm on ITV.