Jeremy Kyle: I just feel lucky to be alive

Jeremy Kyle is recovering after treatment for testicular cancer
Jeremy Kyle is recovering after treatment for testicular cancer Photo: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Talk show host Jeremy Kyle has spoken about how he feared he would die after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The presenter, 47, said he had put off visiting a doctor after discovering the lump in December, believing he was "paranoid".

After cancelling his first appointment with a doctor, he was later diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas and underwent surgery the following day, he told The Sun.

It's been a horrific time - a very sobering experience - but now I just feel lucky to be alive.

I feel lucky that I'm here for family and can see my kids grow up.

To be honest, I thought, 'That's it, I'm dead'. The phone call I made to Carla was one of the most difficult of my life.

– JEREMY KYLE, SPEAKING TO THE SUN

Kyle, who has been given the all-clear, said doctors told him he could have died within 18 months if the lump remained unchecked.

Further tests revealed that the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body, but he was ordered to undergo chemotherapy as a precaution, which he described as "like having a permanent migraine" and as if he had been "shot in every limb".

Kyle has since returned to filming for his ITV show in Manchester.