Bill Turnbull was always one of our favourite BBC Breakfast presenters. We've previously interviewed him for Yours magazine and found him utterly charming. So we're devastated to hear this morning that he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer after not seeing a doctor about his symptoms for four years.
The 62-year-old was diagnosed as a result of aches and pains that he thought were merely a sign of old age, but weren't affected by over-the-counter medication.
Sadly the cancer has spread to his bone, and he's been given between ten and 18 years to live. His family, including his three children, must have been left reeling by the news.
Recalling his conversation with the doctor, he said: "He said, 'Ten years', and then, crazily, I drove home and thought - did he say ten years? Five years? What did he say? It was all such a blur."
Bill has found it hardest to explain the situation to his children, 29-year-old Henry, Will, 28, and Flora, 26 - all of whom he has with his wife of 30 years, Sarah.
Bill, now a Classic FM presenter, has spoken out to encourage other people to get checked earlier, saying that if he'd sought help earlier 'I'd be in a much better state.'
He's started treatment including kidney surgery, hormone injections and chemotherapy, but is trying to remain upbeat, telling the Radio Times: 'you have to be positive, don't you?'
Before he was diagnosed, Bill was part of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for the charity Stand Up To Cancer, which starts tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.
It's not the first time prostate cancer has made the news this year, with presenter and author Stephen Fry announcing he has recently undergone surgery for the disease at the start of 2018.
Our thoughts are with both of the presenters. We hope their bravery will encourage other men to get themselves checked out.
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