I'm a Celeb star Adele Roberts diagnosed with bowel cancer at 42

RADIO 1 DJ and I'm a Celeb star Adele Roberts has been diagnosed with bowel cancer at 42.

The former Big Brother star took to social media over the weekend to reveal the news.

Alongside a picture of her in a hospital gown giving a thumbs up, she wrote: "Ok, there’s no easy way to do this and it feels weird, especially posting on social media (I’m going full Black Mirror) but I’m hoping it’ll reach anyone who might benefit from seeing it or reading it.

"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."

Adele said it had "all happened so quickly" before apologising for posting something so serious on social media, but she wanted to do so to help anyone else who could be worried or suffering in silence.

She continued: "PLEASE make sure you get checked out if you have ANY concerns. 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."

Adele, who took part in the 2019 series of I'm A Celebrity, went on to thank the "heroes" of the NHS who have been "incredible" on her journey so far.

She added: "I’m going to have surgery tomorrow to remove the tumour and then see if I need anymore treatment or if the cancer has spread.

"So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.

"Sending everyone so much love and positivity for the week ahead. THANK YOU to my family words cannot describe how much you have helped me through these last few weeks. You saved me. You are my angels and I shall be thinking of you tomorrow."

Adele concluded: "I can’t wait to wake up and see your beautiful faces (on FaceTime if I can compose myself enough to work my phone ). If not your voicesto hear you will be everything. That’s all I’m wishing for."

Radio 1 released a statement sending "all our love and support" to Adele, adding: "Everyone at Radio 1, along with millions of listeners, wishes her a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming Adele back on air soon."

Adele first rose to fame in 2002 as a contestant on Big Brother 3, where she finished in seventh place.

She joined the BBC's Radio 1 Xtra team in 2012 before moving to Radio 1 in 2015.

In 2019 she took part in I'm A Celebrity, but was the first contestant to be voted out of the jungle.

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