BBC Middle East's ancient editor Jeremy Bowen has revealed that he has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Former BBC Breakfast guests said he was having chemotherapy after he noticed "funny pains in my legs and my back" while in Iraq last May.
April is bowel cancer awareness month and Bowen revealed his diagnosis to raise awareness of the disease.
Bowel cancer screening in England to start earlier, at the age of 50, said Public Health England last year.
At first, doctors believed that the pain of the ancient journalist had shrunk from previous surgery, he told BBC Breakfast, the show he presented alongside Sophie Raworth between 2000 and 2002.
"I had no symptoms – none of the symptoms of classical bowel cancer. Nothing at all. But I thought I should have a test", he said.
He said he had a positive result and had a colonoscopy – a camera to put in his colon to look for signs of cancer.
"It 's. T [the colonoscopy ] it's not nearly as bad as it sounds – they're giving you a lot of drugs, "he said.
Surgeons found a tumor, which they were removing, and he was currently having chemotherapy, he said.
What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?
- bleeding from your bottom and / or blood in your poo
- Continuous and unexplained change is the practice of the bowel
- unexplained weight loss
- extreme fatigue for no obvious reason
- pain or lump in your belly
Cardiff-born Bowen, a 35-year-old BBC journalist, said his diagnosis could "have been earlier, but if he had been later, he would have been much more serious".
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with 42,000 people diagnosed each year.
More than 16,000 people die from cancer every year in the UK.
Bowen added: "The key thing is being tested. I've been telling all my friends – prove it.
"Things to do with your intestines and your poo … are not things that people usually want to discuss. But it's actually part of our lives and you need to work on it. "
He said that a gastroenterologist told him: "Do not die of embarrassment, for God's sake."
He said the chemotherapy was "not nearly as bad as I thought it would be in terms of side effects, but it affects people differently and I think I just had to be pretty fortunate." to tolerate better than expected ".
"You've got to keep positive about things in life – it's part of the journey, as they say on Strictly." [Come Dancing], "he added.