Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts diagnosed with bowel cancer

Adele Roberts found fame in Channel 4’s Big Brother series in 2002. Credit: Twitter/@AdeleRoberts

Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts has announced she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The 42-year-old breakfast show presenter said the diagnosis was confirmed at the beginning of this month and she is set to have surgery to remove a tumour on Monday.

She made the announcement in a social media post where she was smiling, wearing a hospital gown and threw a thumbs up sign.

Roberts said “so far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated” but she needs to find out if the cancer has spread.

She went on: “It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got”.

Roberts, from Southport, Merseyside, first found fame in Channel 4’s Big Brother series in 2002 where one of her housemates was Jade Goody, who died in 2009 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

She urged everyone to get checked out if they have any concerns as she recalled how her own illness was discovered.

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Roberts wrote: “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.

“It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying, or suffering in silence”.

She added: “The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help.

“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. Early detection can save your life”.

Roberts' post on social media drew words and pictures of encouragement from those with similar diagnoses.

One user named Julian Chafer Tweeted: "Hi. We’ve never met and may never meet. But on 24th of January this year we struck the same pose. An hour after my photo I had the same diagnosis as you. My story since then has been great. I’m sure yours will be too. Stay strong. Stay positive. Thumbs up"

Roberts joined the BBC in 2012 as part of the Radio 1 Xtra team, before moving to Radio 1 in 2015 to host the Early Breakfast Show.

She took over the Weekend Breakfast programme earlier this year.

Roberts also appeared on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity in 2019.

Her post drew messages of support from friends and colleagues.

Radio 1 tweeted: “Everyone at Radio 1 – along with all our listeners – is wishing you a speedy recovery and we can’t wait to welcome you back on air soon”.

Radio and television presenter Clara Amfo posted a message which said: “Love you so much”.

DJ Scott Mills wrote: “We all love you Adele. Its amazing you posted this. You’re awesome and you’ve GOT this”.

What are the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer?

The three main symptoms of bowel cancer are persistent blood in your poo, a persistent change in bowel habit, and persistent lower abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort.

How common is it?

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK - and the second biggest cancer killer - according to charity Bowel Cancer UK. Someone is diagnosed with the disease every 15 minutes.

Who does it affect?

It is more common in people aged over 50 but can affect people of all ages. The charity says there are more than 2,500 under 50s diagnosed in the UK each year.

What should I do if I think I have symptoms?

You should see a GP if you have any of the above symptoms for three weeks or more.