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X Factor singer died of cancer after being told large tumour was ‘just anxiety’

A former X Factor contestant aged just 19 died of cancer after visiting his GP several times and being told he just had anxiety.

Christopher Chaffey visited his GP in Coniston, Yorkshire, 12 times and was even referred to a psychiatrist to deal with his supposed anxiety.

A lump appeared on his neck 15 months after he first reported chest pains to his GP.

He was rushed to Castle Hill Hospital and died a week later from aggressive non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Doctors said he had a huge 4lb tumour in his chest.

Michael Chaffey, 30 now but 17 at the time of his brother's death in 2008, has now spoken about the devastating impact it had on the family.

He said: "The family has really suffered.

"The coroner said there was a strong possibility that he could have been saved if he’d been diagnosed when he first brought up his symptoms, which started off as chest pains.

"He kept going to the doctors and they even put him in touch with a psychiatrist for anxiety."

An inquest into the tragedy heard that it had a "catastrophic impact" on the family, and ruled that Christopher could have been saved if he was diagnosed sooner.

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Michael is now aiming to raise £2000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. The RAF Gunner will be running the London Marathon in Christopher's memory whilst also raising awareness of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

"Everyone suffers some form of bereavement at some point, but I am looking at positive ways of remembering him and trying to make him proud," said Michael.

"I want to raise money but also awareness as it’s a charity that is close to my heart.

"I’m not a big runner and the most I’ve run is 15 miles, so I will have to dig deep on the day but I am sure that the reason for running will get me through, I will be thinking of him."

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