Bill Turnbulls prostate cancer symptoms he missed eight months before diagnosis

Bill Turnbull spoke openly about his battle with prostate cancer until his death this week, five years after being diagnosed with the disease.

The former BBC Breakfast presenter was also an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK who campaigned to raise awareness among those at risk.

His family confirmed he passed away aged 66 surrounded by loved ones at home on Wednesday, after "a challenging and committed fight against prostate cancer."

Before his death, the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant spoke about early warning signs he had missed eight months before his terminal diagnosis in 2017.

He also urged others to see a GP if something doesn't seem right and to not make the same mistake he did of not getting checked.

On BBC's Morning Live in 2018, Bill said: "I didn't get checked which is why I'm in the situation I'm in now."

He added: "And we were working out the other day; the first symptoms were maybe six months, eight months before I got diagnosed, with aches and pains that didn't go away.

"And actually there were other warning signs in the previous years as well that I should have paid attention to."

Bill also admitted in a Channel 4 interview that he hadn't been to a GP in four years before his diagnosis.

He said: "Men don't want to go to the doctors, as simple as that.

"I didn't want to go to the doctor. Now I'm going to the doctor all the time. They all know me on a first name basis."

Bill went public with the news in 2018, sharing that it had spread to his legs, hips, pelvis and ribs.

He took part on the Great British Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer that year and spoke about being diagnosed after having a blood test.

He said: "I was getting pain in my legs and in my hips particularly, and I thought, ‘This is old age’. Eventually the pain got so bad I thought I’d better go see my GP."

Tributes have flooded in for the beloved TV and radio presenter, with Prostate Cancer UK chief executive Laura Kerby saying Bill "leaves a resounding impact."

She told the PA news agency: "Thousands and thousands of men have come forward as a result of him helping us raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK – and him just telling his story."

A statement on behalf of Bill's family confirming the news of his passing.

In part, it read: "Bill was resolutely positive and was hugely buoyed by the support he received from friends, colleagues, and messages from people wishing him luck.

"It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing earlier for this disease."

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