An Irish government minister has publicly thanked a sharp-eyed surgeon who spotted a growth on his face during a television appearance.
Mr Lenihan ignored the lump as he was preoccupied with work
Irish Overseas Aid Minister Conor Lenihan said the surgeon, who has not been named, suggested that he seek medical advice after spotting the lump.
Doctors found a tumour which - although benign - required immediate surgery.
The 43-year-old has urged people to get even the smallest symptom checked by their doctor as soon as possible.
Mr Lenihan was taking part in a studio discussion show, Prime Time, on RTE television, the Irish state broadcaster, in December.
A viewer, a surgeon in Galway in the west of Ireland, was watching at home when he spotted a lump on the left side of the minister's jaw.
The following day the surgeon rang Mr Lenihan's office in the capital Dublin, and left a message asking him to call back about "a private matter".
The surgeon advised him to see a head and neck specialist immediately.
Doctors discovered a tumour which, although benign, could have caused disfigurement and speech difficulties if it had gone untreated.
The father-of-three told the BBC he was very fortunate: "It was a benign tumour, so to speak. God, I was terribly relieved, obviously, but I was a bit shocked when I got the call."
The minister had noticed a slight lump on his face but said he ignored it because he was preoccupied at work.
"I decided to go public because I think there is a tendency among men when something like that happens to ignore it or almost wish it away or something.
"I think there's an argument - very strong argument - just for people generally to learn from it and say: 'Look, get detected early and find out if you have something like that.'"
Mr Lenihan has since given up smoking and returned to work after making a full recovery.