BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts diagnosed with bowel cancer

BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts has revealed she’s been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant, 42, will undergo surgery on Monday to have her tumour removed and will be examined to see if she needs any more treatment.

Adele shared the news on Instagram and explained she decided to detail her illness in a bid to help others.

‘For a while now I’ve been struggling with my digestion,’ she wrote. ‘Thanks to a conversation I had with my Dad a few years back I went to my GP for a check-up. I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious.

‘So I went just in case. I didn’t think anything of it at first and just assumed it might be food sensitivity. After a few phone calls, I was sent for some examinations and checks. I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the start of the month.’

Adele continued: ‘It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying or suffering in silence. PLEASE make sure you get checked out if you have ANY concerns.

‘The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help. If I hadn’t I might not be so lucky. As I’ve learned over the last few weeks, there’s no ‘normal’ with cancer. Sadly it can affect anyone, at any age, anytime. It doesn’t discriminate. Early detection can save your life.’ (sic)

Adele heaped praise on the ‘incredible’ NHS before revealing details of her treatment.

‘I’m going to have surgery tomorrow to remove the tumour and then see if I need anymore treatment or if the cancer has spread,’ she said. ‘So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.

‘Sending everyone so much love and positivity for the week ahead. THANK YOU to my family words cannot describe how much you have helped me through these last few weeks. You saved me. You are my angels and I shall be thinking of you tomorrow. I can’t wait to wake up and see your beautiful faces (on FaceTime if I can compose myself enough to work my phone 🙃). If not your voices 😍 to hear you will be everything. That’s all I’m wishing for.’

A number of celebrities voiced sent their well-wishes to Adele, including Clara Amfo, who commented: ‘Love you so much.’

The official BBC Radio 1 Instagram account penned: ‘Sending all our love and support to you, Kate and your families. Everyone at Radio 1 – along with all our listeners – is wishing you a speedy recovery and we can’t wait to welcome you back on air soon.’

Adele participated in the 19th series of I’m A Celebrity in 2019. She was the first campmate to be eliminated, with former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa going on to win the show.

One year later, in January 2020, she won the sixth season of Celebrity Coach Trip on E4 alongside her girlfriend, Kate Holderness.

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