The Radio 1 DJ takes to Instagram to share her bowel cancer diagnosis and raise awareness


Last night Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts posted on Instagram sharing that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and is going to have surgery today to remove the tumour. First and foremost, everyone here at Team DIVA is sending Adele love and wishing her a smooth recovery. 

In the post, Adele wears a hospital gown and shoots a thumbs up at the camera with her signature smile on her face. The following slides share life saving information such as the symptoms of bowel cancer (bleeding from your bottom, a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit, unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness for no obvious reason and a pain or lump in your tummy) and a longer version of her caption. Whilst readers may feel embarrassed discussing their symptoms Adele reminds us that “… 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 remains hopeful. “So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything.” 

She ends her post with, “The hardest thing wasn’t even finding out I had cancer, it was telling my family. It broke my heart”. She asks those who know them to look after them, especially her girlfriend Kate Holderness, who she worries about being on her own whilst she’s away.

Adele’s girlfriend Kate posted a lovely picture of Adele kissing her on a beach and shared a little about the experience. “There have been lots of tears (mainly from me), lots of sleepless nights, but surprisingly there’s been a lot of laughing too”. 

For any readers who may be concerned about their own symptoms and when to seek medical advice, you can read more about bowel cancer here. If you have been affected by cancer some support and information is available here

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