Stars and colleagues have offered support and well wishes to Bill Turnbull, after the TV personality revealed he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Having admitted to ignoring the symptoms, Turnbull, 62, confirmed that it was incurable after it spread from his prostate to his legs, hips, pelvis, and ribs.
Totally overwhelmed by the love I've had on here today, and deeply moved – to tears on occasion (well I am a bit of a softy). Thank you so much to everyone who's been in touch, it really means a lot. Watch Celeb Bakeoff 8pm, support @StandUp2C – and guys, think of getting tested!
— Bill Turnbull (@billtu) March 6, 2018
An outpouring of sympathy and support made itself known on Twitter, from fans of his time on BBC Breakfast, to former colleagues, to others who work in the television industry.
BBC’s Jeremy Vine offered his friend ‘all the very best’.
Wishing my friend @billtu all the very best
"TV presenter Bill Turnbull reveals he is suffering from incurable cancer"https://t.co/XgUyK6oItl
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) March 5, 2018
To which singer Beverley Knight said what a ‘wonderful, selfless, warm caring man’ he is.
This has broken my heart. Bill you wonderful, selfless, warm caring man. Please, men everywhere, take the lead from him and get checked. Xxx https://t.co/GUOx4DbqgX
— Beverley Knight (@Beverleyknight) March 6, 2018
Huge love to @billtu this morning. Practical, pragmatic & positive as he deals with prostate cancer. His message to others: get yourself checked.
— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) March 6, 2018
Current BBC Breakfast and BBC Sport host Dan Walker also had some kind words to say about the support the presenter had received.
So many kind comments coming in after the sad news that @billtu is fighting cancer. @louiseminchin spoke to him yesterday and he was in really good spirits. Lovely to see how many @BBCBreakfast viewers have so much affection for Bill #BillTurnbull
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 6, 2018
Sara Cox encouraged men to keep an eye out for symptoms.
Thinking of the very lovely @billtu and his family this morning. MEN! Look at the symptoms of prostate cancer below & make an appointment with your GP today if remotely worried. Your families & friends need you well and healthy. And here. https://t.co/wXvhejxhkp
— sara cox (@sarajcox) March 6, 2018
And Davina McCall also emphasised the need to get checked out by your doctor.
Lovely Bill Turnbull.. His message is clear , get checked … https://t.co/NUA78xNYt5
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) March 6, 2018
Just this morning Piers Morgan shared his encounter with a cancer scare, saying that he addressed the problem as soon as he noticed something was potentially wrong.
Sky Sports’ Simon Thomas recently spoke up about his personal devastation and how he’s moving on with his son, after his wife died suddenly of acute myeloid leukaemia.
And only last month it was made known that Stephen Fry was battling prostate cancer and vowed to raise awareness of the disease.
For more information on spotting cancer and to learn more about the disease, go to Cancer Research UK.
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