Along with the other soaps, Coronation Street is known for using its powerful platform to raise important topics to its audience such as sexual abuse, mental health and physical illness. And very often, this can make a real difference in both small and major ways.
An example of which being a fan who has spoken out to thank the show for saving her husband’s life after Robert Preston’s testicular cancer storyline persuaded him to get checked out. Robert was doing all that he could to avoid speaking to doctors about a lump he found but when it was eventually found and diagnosed, he was successfully treated.
Viewer Scott Wray self-checked after watching the scenes and when he was then referred to have an ultrasound, a tumour was found.
Scott then underwent potentially life changing surgery to remove the tumour at the weekend and is now awaiting a CT scan to find out if any of the cancerous cells have spread.
The doctor told Scott and his wife Emily that they likely found the lump in good time thanks to Coronation Street raising awareness.
Emily told Manchester Evening News: ‘The lump was in a spot that he wouldn’t have ever noticed unless he was checking. He had no other symptoms. His doctor has repeatedly said that he’s very lucky Coronation Street made him check because it’s likely that it was found early enough.
‘We absolutely love Coronation Street. This situation has definitely made us love and appreciate that show on a more personal level.It would be amazing if sharing Scott’s story could help someone else, awareness is so important.’
Emily reached out to Tristan Gemmill, who plays Robert, to share Scott’s story and he was clearly overwhelmed to receive the heartfelt message and glad to have played a part in the story that may have saved Scott’s life.
Wow – Thank you for letting me know. That’s terrific news! We have an amazing team of writers,producers &storyliners. I’m just lucky enough to be the face on the end of it. Please give your hubby a hearty man-hug and best wishes for a speedy recovery from all of us at Corrie. https://t.co/A750nRHz4d
— Tristan Gemmill (@TristanGemmill) January 27, 2018
It isn’t the only Coronation Street storyline recently to have made a difference. Actors Lucy Fallon and Chris Harper who were involved in the Bethany and Nathan sex ring storyline have previously explained how real life victims and survivors have spoken out and sought support in the wake of the storyline.
A future storyline will see David Platt struggle with his mental health after being drugged and raped – and it will naturally be the hope that the scenes will raise awareness and encourage those who have been through a similar situation to get support.
If you have been affected by Robert’s Coronation Street story or need information or advice, you can visit the Cancer Research website or call their helpline to speak to a nurse on 0808 800 4040.