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Popular Bill to step back from Classic FM for 'health reasons'

Worcester Editorial 21st Oct, 2021

POPULAR presenter Bill Turnbull has announced ‘with great regret’ that he is to take a leave of absence from his radio show.

The former BBC Breakfast presenter and latterly Good Moring Britain guest host was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.

“The road has been a bit bumpy recently and I need to take some time to focus on getting better,” he tweeted on Thursday with a promise he would return

“I’m sorry to do this, as I absolutely love doing the programme, and have hugely enjoyed the past five years.”

He added: “I am very grateful to friends and colleagues at Global [media company] for the love and support they have shown me. And I will be back, just as soon as I can be.”

In 2018, Turnbull described dealing with cancer every day as ‘relentlessly boring’ and admitted he asked doctors to stop his ‘unbearable’ chemotherapy.

What are the symptoms?

There can be few symptoms of prostate cancer in the early stages, and because of its location most symptoms are linked to urination:

needing to urinate more often, especially at night

needing to run to the toilet

difficulty in starting to urinate

weak urine flow or taking a long time while urinating

feeling your bladder has not emptied fully

Men with male relatives who have had prostate cancer, black men and men over 50 are at higher risk of getting the disease.

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