Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has prostate cancer

HomeNewsFormer BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has prostate cancer
Bill Turnbull

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has revealed he is suffering from prostate and bone cancer which is incurable.

The 62-year-old has gone public with this news in a bid to encourage other men to get their prostates checked.

Bill admitted he had not visited his GP for four years before having the test that confirmed his diagnosis. He is currently having chemotherapy in a bid to control the disease.

“Horrible moment,” said Bill, speaking of the moment his doctor delivered the bad news.

“That first moment is a real shell shock. You can’t remember the precise words, you just remember the hammer blow.

“The worst thing is, you carry it through the day and then you go to bed at night and wake up in the morning and it comes to you again. I have got cancer. I’ve still got cancer. It wasn’t a bad dream. And that takes a lot of dealing with.

“The contract I thought I had with life has been shortened quite a bit.”

Bill first joined Breakfast as a reporter in 1988 before turning presenter on the programme from 2001 to 2016.

Posted on Monday 5 March 2018
Katie Razzall - BBC Newsnight (1)

The BBC today confirmed Katie Razzall as Culture Editor at BBC News. Katie replaces Arts Editor Will Gompertz in the new post of Culture Editor; a role with a broader scope in covering arts, entertainment and embracing culture in all… Read more

Katty Kay leaves BBC News - Best Bits (1)

Katty Kay Leaves BBC News – Best Bits

BBC Outside Source 2021 (9)

Outside Source – presented by Ros Atkins – will undergo a refresh this evening. The programme, which first launched on BBC World in February 2014, will unveil its new and third look from 7.00pm tonight. In February 2017, the OS… Read more