Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts announced last night that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The 42-year-old presenter found out at the beginning of October and is set to have surgery today to remove a tumour.

Roberts first gained public attention for appearing on the 2002 series of Channel 4's Big Brother and then landed a presenter role on Rock FM in Lancashire.

After that she joined the BBC in 2012 as part of the Radio 1 Xtra team, before moving to Radio 1 in 2015 to host the Early Breakfast Show.

Earlier this year she took on the weekend breakfast programme.

Roberts shared a post on Instagram wearing a hospital gown to break the news.

She wrote: “For a while now I’ve been struggling with my digestion.

“Thanks to a conversation I had with my Dad a few years back I went to my GP for a check up. I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious.

“So I went just in case. I didn’t think anything of it at first and just assumed it might be food sensitivity.

“After a few phone calls I was sent for some examinations and checks. I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the start of the month.

“It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying, or suffering in silence”.

She warned people to get check ups as soon as possible if they fear they might have cancer.

She added: “The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help.

“If I hadn’t I might not be so lucky. As I’ve learned over the last few weeks, 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”.