Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts: ‘I owe the NHS my life’

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BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts says she is "buzzing to be back" as she returned to the Weekend Breakfast show on Saturday after cancer surgery.

Roberts, 42, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early October, was back on the show a month after surgery.

She said: "The good news is, they found the tumour… they've taken it away. My body is on the mend and I am here."

"It's a huge testament to the skill and knowledge and level of care at the NHS. They're amazing. I owe them my life."

"I can't thank them enough," she added.

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Roberts, who took a month off to recuperate, spoke candidly about her diagnosis and recovery as she opened the radio show on Saturday.

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"I can't believe it – it's a month since I had my surgery and I've got goosebumps. A month on, it's incredible what the body is capable of.

"I feel amazing. I'm lucky, I'm happy, and I'm buzzing to be back."

And we’re off! I’ve missed you so much.
Please come & join us Saturday crew ❤️

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— Adele Roberts (@AdeleRoberts) November 27, 2021

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The former Big Brother star, from Southport, Merseyside, sought medical advice in October after struggling with her digestion "for a while".

On Saturday's show, she urged listeners to her show not to "suffer in silence" but to seek help if they had any health concerns.

"Go and see your GP, that's what I did and I think that's why I am here today. And I am just so grateful."

The DJ, who appeared on TV reality show I'm a Celebrity in 2019, has chronicled her convalescence on Instagram, including a selfie of her stoma post surgery, admitting the "rollercoaster" prognosis and subsequent treatment had been "overwhelming at times".

"Never underestimate the power of positivity and well wishes – it makes a difference, I promise you," she told listeners on Saturday.

  • 'How I learned to love my stoma'
  • Swimming with my stoma bag

She said she had nicknamed her stoma 'Audrey': "While my body heals from the surgery, I've got a new little friend," said Roberts.

"She's kind of like a front bum; while my old bottom heals, I now go to the toilet on the front," the DJ explained.

"But don't worry it's all wrapped up today!" she reassured fans.

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Roberts rose to fame after appearing on the third series of Channel 4's Big Brother in 2002.

She joined the BBC in 2012 as part of the Radio 1Xtra team, before moving to Radio 1 in 2015 to host the Early Breakfast Show. She took over the Weekend Breakfast programme earlier this year.

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What are bowel cancer symptoms?

  • A persistent change in bowel habit – going more often, with looser stools and sometimes tummy pain
  • Blood in the stools without other symptoms, such as piles
  • Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating – sometimes resulting in a reduction in the amount of food eaten and weight loss

Most people with these symptoms do not have bowel cancer, but the NHS advice is to see your GP if you have one or more of the symptoms and they have persisted for more than four weeks.

And if you, or someone you know, has been affected by cancer, information and support is available on the BBC's Action Line page.

Source: NHS UK

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