Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts, who became famous on Big Brother in 2002, has shared details of her cancer diagnosis on social media, and urged others suffering any health problems to get checked out as she gets ready to undergo surgery.
Roberts, 42, who hosts Weekend Breakfast, said she was diagnosed at the beginning of the month and would have surgery to remove a tumour on Monday.
“So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything,” she said.
The Radio 1 presenter star missed both her radio shows this weekend and bravely shared the news in an Instagram post on Sunday.
The radio DJ, from Southport, Merseyside, revealed her diagnosis in an Instagram post, saying she had sought medical advice after struggling with her digestion “for a while”.
In her post, she gave details about how her cancer was discovered and urged anyone with health concerns to get checked out.
“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.
“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.”
She added: “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.”
Roberts’ partner, actress Kate Holderness, posted on twitter about the diagnosis, she said: “There have been lots of tears (mainly from me), lots of sleepless nights, but surprisingly there’s been a lot of laughing too. I can’t wait for Adele to tell you about those times when she’s on the mend.”
— Kate Holderness (@KateHolderness) October 24, 2021
Roberts became part of BBC in 2012 as part of the Radio 1 Xtra team, before moving to Radio 1 in 2015 to host the Early Breakfast Show.
And in 2019, she appeared on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! alongside stars including Nadine Coyle, Kate Garraway and Caitlin Jenner.
Radio 1 friends and colleagues including Clara Amfo and Scott Mills have all shared their support.