Dave Myers, 65, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year in May; as for which type of tumour he is battling, the English celebrity chef has remained shtum. Speaking on The One Show, in October, King called his friend a “tough old boot” who was “in the trenches” of his cancer treatment. Despite Myers’ gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, King said his co-star was feeling “stronger every day”.
The pair present their podcast, The Hairy Bikers – Agony Uncles – and their latest Friday show aired on December 2, 2022.
In the same month that King shared an update about Myers’ health, so too did Myers.
“I’ll feel I’ve made it when I get the all-clear from this bloody cancer,” Myers told The Guardian.
“That’s going to be completely life-changing, life-affirming. And life never will be the same again.”
While Myers (and King) have not shared any more updates on the cancer, the former assured at the time: “Look, the prognosis is okay, I’m going to be fine.”
Cancer treatments nowadays are a lot more advanced than they were decades ago.
Yet, as with any type of tumour, the sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can begin.
By tackling cancer in the earliest of stages, a person’s outlook is likely to be better than if the tumour was discovered in the later stages.
The more time cancer is given to grow, the more it can spread to other body parts.
If a tumour has spread around the body, treatment becomes more difficult.
“One in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime,” the NHS says.
In the UK, the four most common cancers are: breast, lung, prostate, and bowel cancer.
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“There are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way,” the health body adds.
How to spot cancer
“Changes to your body’s normal processes or unusual, unexplained symptoms can sometimes be an early sign of cancer,” the NHS says.
Three symptoms that require prompt medical attention from a doctor include:
- A lump that suddenly appears on your body
- Unexplained bleeding
- Changes to your bowel habits.
Can you reduce your risk of cancer?
While cancer is not unavoidable, it is possible to take steps to lower your risk of the life-threatening disease.
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Surgery is typically the first point of call for most types of cancer, which may be followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy involves “powerful cancer-killing medicines”, while radiotherapy is the “controlled use of high-energy X-rays”.
“In cases where cancer has been confirmed, you should not have to wait more than 31 days from the decision to treat to the start of treatment,” the NHS adds.
Si King stars in Saturday Kitchen: Countdown to Christmas on Saturday, December 10 at 10am on BBC One.