Former I'm A Celebrity star Amir Khan has revealed his mother, Falak Khan, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In a heartbreaking statement posted on social media, the 34-year-old professional boxer insisted his mum is "feeling a lot better" but asked fans for their prayers.
"My dear mum has been diagnosed with pancreas cancer, stage 4," he wrote. "Today she's feeling a lot better and stronger. Please keep her in your prayers."
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Friends and fans of the star rushed to post messages, with fellow boxer Paul Malignaggi writing: "A fighter's heart runs in your family so no doubt she's strong and is ready to fight this. Prayers for you and your family brother." Badou Jack remarked: "InshAllah she'll get through it." Sports star Adam McKola added: "Love to your mum and the family."
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Amir then shared a throwback photo with his mum, while his wife Faryal Makhdoom uploaded a never-before-seen childhood snap of the sportsman and his parent.
Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that originates anywhere inside the pancreas. The organ is in the top part of your tummy and near the stomach. This type of cancer can be treated with chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.
Responding to the news, Diana Jupp, the CEO of the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, said on Thursday: "We are very sorry to hear that Amir's mum has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and send our very best wishes. Our specialist nurses are only a phone call away and are here to support any of the Khan family if they need us.
Amir posted this snap with his mum to confirm the heartbreaking news
"The vague symptoms of pancreatic cancer – such as backpain, indigestion, and changes to bowel habits – are often confused with more common and much less serious conditions, meaning that the news of a diagnosis can be all the more devastating.
"Sadly, 10,000 people across the UK face pancreatic cancer every year – and that has not stopped because of COVID-19. It is so important that anyone who experiences persistent symptoms for more than four weeks contacts their GP. Pancreatic cancer is extremely difficult to diagnose and to treat. There is no time to wait."
Meanwhile, as well as being a professional boxer, Amir is a doting dad to three young children. His and his wife Faryal share Lamaisah, six, Alayna, two, and Muhammed, ten months. They announced the arrival of their baby boy in February 2020 with an adorable photo on Instagram. Captioning the snap, Amir wrote: "My beautiful Son Muhammad Zaviyar Khan was born today 22/02/20 weighing 7lbs 12oz. #dadofthree #alhumdulilah #blessed."
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