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Former BBC Breakfast host reveals incurable cancer diagnosis

Former BBC Breakfast host reveals incurable cancer diagnosis Former BBC Breakfast host reveals incurable cancer diagnosis
Stacy Diaz | 07 March, 2018, 11:23

The former breakfast news host told his story at the end of Channel 4's special episode for Great British Bake Off in which they hoped to raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer for which Bill had participated in. The presenter continued: "It really struck me when I had that little scare - everyone has had a scare - that very bad feeling of dread that this might be it and you have "the big C".

But he adds: "You have to be positive, don't you?"

"I thought now I have got to deal with the future or having much less of a future than I thought I had, and then it's dark, it was like a dark curtain, a dark cloud comes down".

'Most importantly, I really do think I've had a wonderful life, with fantastic experiences as a reporter and a presenter.

He added: "If it was all to end tomorrow I would not feel hard done by". I've had a really marvellous time.

However, when he eventually took himself to the doctor for a blood test, he was called back the next day.

He said: "The GP said, "It's clear you have prostate cancer and that it's spread to the bone".

Bill also took to Twitter to update his fans and said: "Totally overwhelmed by the love I've had on here today, and deeply moved - to tears on occasion (well I am a bit of a softy)".

The 62-year-old was one of four celebrities taking part in a special edition of the Channel 4 show in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

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

Those with bone cancer have an average life expectancy of about a decade, although chemotherapy can increase this by a few more years. 'I wouldn't have any complaints, ' said the broadcaster.

In an interview with his friend and former colleague Sian Williams in this week's Radio Times, Bill reveals he is now undergoing chemotherapy after the cancer spread to his legs, hips, pelvis and ribs.

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

One wrote: "Crying with laughter one minute, and then crying for Bill Turnbull the next #GBBO".

Turnbull told her that it "saddens me that I'm not going to be around as much as I thought with my wife and family ... and I realised if things progress as they do on average, I can't plan beyond 12 years". But gosh, I would like to see at least one grandchild and there's still lots of time for that to happen. He appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, finishing sixth.

But he gets most upset talking about the impact on his children - 29-year-old Henry, Will (28) and Flora (26) who he shares with Sesi, his wife of 30 years.

Turnbull's interview comes after Stephen Fry revealed he recently underwent surgery for the disease.