Jimmy Tarbuck: 'I have prostate cancer'

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Jimmy Tarbuck has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (ITV)
Jimmy Tarbuck has been diagnosed with prostate cancer (ITV)

Jimmy Tarbuck has confirmed he has prostate cancer as he urged men to get tested.

The 80-year-old comedian admitted learning of singer Sir Rod Stewart’s diagnosis had inspired him to get tested and he is now undergoing regular treatment.

Tarbuck told Good Morning Britain: “Yes, I have prostate cancer. I’m going to try and beat it. All men out there watching, and all wives, get your husbands to go for the tests, I think after 50… you will be relieved and be with your families for extra years. Men are shy.”

Read more: Sir Rod Stewart reveals he secretly battled prostate cancer

Rod Stewart performs on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Rod Stewart has battled prostate cancer (AP)

The comedian said: “I feel great. I’m on the telly and I’m having a good time.

“What do I do? Do I say, ‘No I haven’t got it?’ Own up.”

He added: “I’m having injections and taking tablets and then I take a yearly cycle.” And he explained the cancer had not spread.

The father of actress and TV presenter Liza Tarbuck revealed singer Sir Tom Jones, 79, was his “mentor” as he went through the tests.

Singer Tom Jones poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Tom Jones has been Tarbuck's mentor (AP)

Tarbuck said: “He told me what was going to happen, all the tests. He said I’ve had this done and he told me ‘You'll get bloods shown’. Boys - go! It is embarrassing.”

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Sir Rod Stewart, 35, revealed in 2019 that he had beaten prostate cancer after a secret three year battle.

Other celebrities to have gone public with their diagnosis include Sir Stephen Fry and news reader Bill Turnbull.

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