Revered British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The talk show legend, 78, began radiotherapy treatment last week (begs01Jul13) after the cancer was discovered during a routine medical examination, and he is urging other men to have regular check-ups.
Parkinson, who has interviewed stars including boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman and Victoria Beckham, is expected to make a full recovery and has vowed to continue working through his treatment.
He tells Britain's' The Sun, "I have prostate cancer and I must admit it is a real bore. I am 78, of course mortality is on the mind but I'm not afraid.
"I have been told to expect to make a full recovery and that is the goal... I don't feel ill and I will keep working. I have no intention of stopping working."
The veteran Tv star is now launching a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
He adds, "All that concerns me now is for men around the country to stop and take notice of any symptoms that might save their lives. I'm not a softy. If you show the symptoms of this dreadful disease, get help. Men need to get themselves checked. It will save lives."
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