Katie Price and Alex Reid in 'cancer scare'

Katie Price is said to be shocked by the discovery that husband Alex Reid injects himself with a fake-tan drug which has been linked to cancer, a report has claimed.

Sources told a tabloid newspaper that the reality TV couple would be distressed to learn that regular use of Melanotan can cause the disease.

An insider told the Daily Star that the cage-fighter allegedly injects the chemical directly into his stomach.

It is believed that this method of use allows the Melanotan to quickly enter the bloodstream.

The newspaper claims that the cancer scare will come as a blow to Katie, as the former glamour model has previously had her own battle with cancer.

Experts have said that the fake tan medicine is available on the internet for around £25 but is "untested and unlicensed".

Florence Palmer, from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Service, said: "It may give you a nice tan at the moment but we don't know what kind of long-term effects it could have."

Vinnie Jones described Reid's use of fake tan as "weird" during their time together on last year's Celebrity Big Brother.

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