Bill Turnbull’s campaigning saved lives and encouraged “thousands and thousands” of men to come forward for prostate cancer testing, experts say.
The broadcaster died from the disease, at the age of 66, on Wednesday.
When Turnbull revealed his diagnosis, in 2018, referrals to the NHS increased by about 20%, according to charity Prostate Cancer UK, and calls to its helpline saw a large increase.
News of his death could have a similar impact.
Inspiring men to be tested for the illness was the “one useful thing” he had done in his life, Turnbull said, admitting he was “cross with myself” for the pride he had felt at not visiting a GP in four years.
The common ones are:
These symptoms can be caused by other conditions too – but it is important to have any changes checked by a doctor.
Part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland, about the size of a walnut, is in the pelvis, below the bladder.
It surrounds the urethra – the tube that takes urine out of the body through the…