Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The presenter, who hosts Weekend Breakfast, will have surgery to remove a tumour on Monday before she finds out if the cancer has spread.
She was diagnosed in early October after struggling with digestion and visiting her GP.
Roberts, 42, bravely shared the news in an Instagram post on Sunday after missing both her radio shows this week.
She said: “Okay there’s no easy way to do this and it feels weird, especially posting on social media, but I’m hoping it’ll reach anyone who might benefit from seeing it or reading it.
“For a while now I’ve been struggling with my digestion. 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.
“I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious,” she added.
Doctors advised a series of examinations and checks following several telephone consultations.
Roberts, of Southport, Merseyside, said it has “all happened so quickly” and that she decided to share her devastating news in the hope it helps others who might be worrying or suffering in silence.
She pleaded with others to make sure they get checked if they have any concerns, urging that early detection can save lives.
“The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help,” she continued.
“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.”
Radio 1 said it was sending love and support to Roberts and her girlfriend Kate Holderness “at this very difficult time.”
In an upbeat tone, Roberts said the outlook is positive so far and that she feels lucky that she can be treated.
“It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got,” she added.