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'A touch of prostate cancer': Gay Byrne to fight health scare

Presenter faces anxious wait on spread of disease

Eimear Rabbitte and Brian O'Reilly

Published 21/11/2016 | 02:30

Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne will be off air next week as he heads to hospital for tests after he stunned listeners by saying: “They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate.” Photo: Mark Condren
Legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne will be off air next week as he heads to hospital for tests after he stunned listeners by saying: “They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate.” Photo: Mark Condren

Gay Byrne has vowed to stay positive after he revealed he must undergo hospital tests to determine if prostate cancer has spread to his lower back.

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The legendary broadcaster (82) broke the news of his ordeal on his Lyric FM show yesterday afternoon.

The former 'Late Late Show' host stunned listeners when he revealed he will not be on air next week, as he is going into hospital.

"I shall not be with our listeners on this day next week. Have to go to hospital this week... They think they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate and they think it may have moved up into my back," he said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Byrne revealed that he will know more in the coming days and that his outlook remains positive.

"I was stating it to my listeners to avoid any rumours or talk," he said.

He vowed to remain positive, adding: "I am hoping it will be ok. I hope so."

"I have to go into hospital for more tests - I could have a touch of prostate cancer," he said.

Colleagues at RTÉ wished him "a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back in the coming weeks".

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