Former BBC Breakfast and Strictly star Bill Turnbull diagnosed with prostate cancer

BBC breakfast's Bill Turnbull reveals devastating incurable cancer diagnosis

Bill Turnbull had 'Great British Bake Off" viewers in tears on Tuesday night when the former "BBC Breakfast' host opened up about his recent prostate cancer diagnosis. I have got cancer.

Turnbull explained that he mistook pains in his legs and hips - symptoms of the cancer - as old age. The 62-year-old has since found out that the cancer has spread to his bones and is incurable (his consultant hopes Turnbull can live for another ten and 18 years). "Maybe if I'd got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I'd be in a much better state", he told The Radio Times.

"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.

"It's a hard time for him but he has an incredible, strong wife in Cesi, and a strong family - and he is saying this morning to all of you men of a particular age, please get your PSA levels checked", she went on.

In February 2018, Stephen Fry revealed he spent the last 12 months secretly battling prostate cancer.

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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 all of a sudden you're in this dark chasm.' Before his diagnosis, Turnbull recorded The Great Celebrity Bake Off for the Stand Up To Cancer charity, which begins tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm. Once you reach the age of 55, it is a good idea to stay mindful of your health and attend your annual check-ups, which for men, will include a prostate exam and are essential for spotting any abnormalities early and receiving timely treatment. "Please spare a thought though for the hundreds of people in the United Kingdom who will be told today that they have cancer". And that takes a lot of dealing with'.

One in seven men will get prostate cancer, so keep an eye out for any unusual changes and listen to your body.

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

Prostate Cancer: The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis, which only men have.

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The NHS website says for many, treatment is not immediately necessary: "If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of "watchful waiting" or "active surveillance" may be adopted".

"Some men face a higher than average risk so we recommend that men over 50 - and men over 45 if they are black or have a family history of the disease - discuss the pros and cons of the PSA test with their GP so that they can decide if its right for them".

The father of three also revealed the ordeal he went through when he was diagnosed.

Classic FM host Mr Turnbull, who lives in Suffolk, said he was on a course of chemotherapy.

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