Bill Turnbull reveals he has prostate cancer in poignant interview

Bill Turnbull reveals he has prostate cancer in poignant interview

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has been diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer.

However, the Channel 4 show dedicated the final minutes of its hour to Turnbull's story, in a short film in which he talked about his diagnosis and reflected on his life.

"I was getting pains in my legs and my hips particularly, and they would come and go and I thought this is old age".

Bill Turnbull has spoken for the first time about his prostate cancer diagnosis. Encouraging other people to get tested, he said: "Maybe if I'd got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I'd be in a much better state".

'Those first few days were probably the worst days of my life. You can't remember the precise words, you just remember the hammer blow, ' he said. Bill noted: "I've had an awesome life, I'm incredibly lucky and if one thing comes out of this is that if you know your time is limited you appreciate the world around you so much more and particularly the love of my family".

Figures released last month reveal that prostate cancer claims 11,800 lives a year, making it a bigger killer than breast cancer.

Speaking about the moment he met with a consultant and asked about survival rates, Turnbull recalls: "He said, "Ten years", and then, crazily, I drove home and thought - did he say ten years?"

He added: "The worst thing is, you carry it through the day and then you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning and it comes to you again". It's important to note that these things don't necessarily mean you have cancer - as they can also be due to completely benign enlargement of the prostate that happens as men get older - but it's important to get symptoms checked out and discuss them with your GP, as soon as they start to occur. "I'm receiving excellent treatment including chemotherapy at the Royal Marsden and am immensely grateful for the support I've had from colleagues at Classic FM where I continue to work". I've had a really marvellous time. "Please spare a thought though for the hundreds of people in the United Kingdom who will be told today that they have cancer". "It's really hard to know what to say when you want to protect them".

Around one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime, while every 45 minutes in the United Kingdom, one man dies from the disease - that's more than 11,000 every year. And that takes a lot of dealing with'.

"Crying at Bill Turnbull on #GBBO" said one.

"We admire Bill for his courage in talking openly about his personal experience as prostate cancer is often overlooked", she said.

The prostate is a gland between the penis and the bladder, which only men haveWhat is prostate cancer?

Assuming prostate cancer is caught in its early stages, treatment is not normally immediately necessary.

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