BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen has revealed he is battling bowel cancer – despite showing no usual symptoms of the disease.
The Middle East Editor is currently undergoing treatment after having surgery to remove a tumour.
Getty Images – Getty Jeremy Bowen has revealed he is battling bowel cancer
Jeremy, 59, revealed the diagnosis on BBC Breakfast as he urged people not to “die of embarrassment” over getting tested.
Appearing alongside Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, he said: “I had funny pains in my legs and my back, had to go to hospital for a few days but they didn’t say it was cancer, they said it was scar tissue from a previous operation.
“I had no symptoms but thought I should get a test, it came back positive. I had a colonoscopy, from that they found a tumour.’DON’T DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT’
“I had an operation to take it away and now I’m going through chemo.
“I’m confident that I’m going through the best treatment and it was caught early.
“The key thing is to get tested, I’ve told all my friends to get to their doctors for a test. Bowels and poo are not the normal things people want to talk about, but don’t die of embarrassment, for god’s sake.”
Jeremy has been the BBC’s Middle East Editor since 2005 after beginning his career with the broadcaster in 1984.
He has travelled to more than 70 countries as a war correspondent and was robbed at gunpoint while reporting from Kosovo during the 1999 Bosnian War.
His diagnosis comes after colleague George Alagiah’s fight with the same disease in 2014.
The newsreader returned to the News At Six in January after more than a year off for treatment.
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