Mark Hoppus reveals text conversation that led to his cancer diagnosis

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Mark Hoppus stressed the importance of paying attention to changes in one’s body and getting them checked out when offering his addition to the viral “How It Started vs. How It’s Going” challenge on social media.

Hoppus, who was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat the illness.

Taking to his Instagram story, the Blink-182 bassist shared how his cancer battle started by posting a screenshot of a text conversation he had with his doctor on April 20.

The text reads, “Hi Jill.  For the past couple of days I’ve had this dull sore lump in my shoulder kind of right where it connects to my neck that could either be fatal lymphoma or a sore muscle.”

Hoppus, 49, also asked, “At what point should I be concerned and have it looked at?”

His doctor encouraged him to set up an appointment for that afternoon.

In the next story, Hoppus showed “How it’s going” by flashing the peace sign while undergoing chemotherapy.

The subsequent story linked to a post from former band mate Tom DeLonge, who announced that Hoppus is “is almost done with his treatment” and in the “last stretch.”

Late July, Hoppus assured fans that his cancer treatment is working and proved it by hopping on the live-streaming site Twitch to play the bass, something he said he hadn’t been able to do since he was diagnosed.

“I still have months of treatment ahead, but it’s the best possible news,” he said at the time.


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