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Brave face of Bill Turnbull as he reveals his battle against incurable cancer

December 22, 2018 7:45 PM
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Brave face of Bill Turnbull as he reveals his battle against incurable cancer

FORMER BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull returned to the show yesterday to reveal his months of gruelling treatment to fight his incurable cancer.

Terrific Turnbull was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2017, but only went public about it in March.

He had dismissed his long-term aches and pains as "old age". He went on to endure "relentlessly boring" chemotherapy where he lost his eyebrows and eyelashes.

Yesterday, the veteran presenter said the disease is present in his life when he goes to sleep at night and when he wakes up each morning.

He had 10 rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to stop the cancer, which has spread across his pelvis, hips, legs and spine. Turnbull even quipped that he was a "season ticket-holder in his local doctors" surgery and urged other men to get themselves checked.

The response among men when Turnbull and actor Stephen Fry revealed this year they had prostate cancer has been dubbed "The Fry and Turnbull Effect".

And he urged "men of a certain age" to get themselves tested after revealing his own diagnosis in February.

Prolific writer Fry hosted BBC Two's QI for 13 years and starred in ITV comedy Jeeves And Wooster and BBC's Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson.

In 1997, he played Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde and his documentary Stephen Fry's The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive won an Emmy Award in 2007.


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