Bill Turnbull shocked the nation back in 2018 when he revealed his prostate cancer had advanced to an incurable state. In the years since, the BBC broadcaster has shared intimate details about his journey with cancer, including novel treatments and ups and downs. While Bill understandably has a lot on his plate, he is stepping in for Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this week.
The stint on GMB will see him reunite with his former BBC Breakfast co-host Susanna Reid, a presenting partnership that spanned 13 years.
Asked about his current health status, Bill replied: “When you have cancer, it’s always there. But currently I feel really good, most of the time.
“Doctors tell you to think positively but it’s hard to do that sometimes. I’ve been lucky most of the time, 90 percent of the time I can stay positive.
“There are two ways to have cancer, either it gets on top of you or you get on top of it. I know which way round I need to be.”
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When this happens, you may notice things like:
- An increased need to urinate
- Straining while you urinate
- A feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
These symptoms should not be ignored because some cases of prostate cancer can be cured if treated in the early stages.
Unfortunately, some cases are only diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer has spread.
“If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and cannot be cured, treatment is focused on prolonging life and relieving symptoms,” explained the NHS.
Who is at risk?
It’s not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, although a number of things can increase your risk of developing the condition.
Your risk of developing it depends on many things, including age and ethnicity.
There are also some lifestyle factors that have been linked to prostate cancer.
According to Cancer Research UK, there is some evidence that being active might help to lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.