Adele Roberts says she 'owes my life' to NHS on radio return after bowel cancer surgery

Adele Roberts announced her bowel cancer diagnosis in October. (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Adele Roberts announced her bowel cancer diagnosis in October. (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Adele Roberts has offered a heartfelt thank you to the NHS after returning to her radio show in the wake of bowel surgery.

The 42-year-old DJ made her return to the Weekend Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1 this weekend, just over a month after she announced she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

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Roberts 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."

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Roberts was diagnosed in early October after visiting her GP in the wake of struggles with her digestion.

She urged anybody concerned about their health to go to see their doctor because her decision to do so is "why I am here today".

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Roberts' surgery took place at the end of October and, after taking a month to recuperate, she is now back on the airwaves.

During her convalescence, Roberts has shared frank stories about her recovery and took a selfie with the stoma bag she was fitted with after the surgery.

In her caption, she wrote: "I’ll admit, all of this has been overwhelming at times. A lot for me to take in. It’s all happened so quickly from diagnosis to treatment but that’s the brilliance of the NHS."

The star has since given her stoma bag the nickname Audrey, as she learns to live with the device.

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Roberts rose to fame as part of the third series of Big Brother in 2002 and had several jobs in radio before joining the BBC in 2012.

She became the first Black woman to host the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 2020 and was given the full-time hosting job of Weekend Breakfast earlier this year.

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