BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts said “I owe the NHS my life” after she returned to work following cancer surgery.
The 42-year-old, from Southport, was back behind the microphone for her Weekend Breakfast Show on Saturday.
Adele was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early October and took a month off to recuperate.
She is now urging others to get checked out by a doctor if they show symptoms.
She posted on Instagram: “Early detection saves lives. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to burden anyone at first so I did the classic googling my symptoms. I decided I probably had piles but I also rang the doctors just in case.
“I felt so embarrassed but thank God I checked. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. I had no idea. I didn’t think for one minute I could have it, I just thought I was being dramatic. If it wasn’t for the heroes of the NHS I dread to think what could have happened.”
Adele now uses a stoma bag, which is used when an opening is created in the abdomen to provide an alternate way for waste materials to leave the body.