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Former BBC presenter has cancer

Bob Humphrys
Bob Humphrys became one of the most familiar faces on BBC Wales

Former BBC Wales sports correspondent Bob Humphrys has confirmed he has cancer.

Mr Humphrys, 56, who presented Wales Today's sports coverage for 20 years, revealed his condition in an article written for the Daily Mail newspaper.

The journalist, who lives in Cardiff, said he was told by his family doctor after having chest and shoulder X-rays.

Mr Humphrys is married with three children and took early retirement from the BBC this year.

Since retiring, Mr Humphrys had started to write a book and put the chest and shoulder pains he had been suffering in the lead-up to his diagnosis down to being "crouched over a laptop on a kitchen table".

However, following medical advice he underwent the series of X-rays which revealed a malignant mass on his lung.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Humphrys, whose older brother John presents Radio 4's Today programme, said of the diagnosis: "It did seem rather unjust".

"In my life, I'd had just one puff of a cigarette when I was 10 and spent all of the following day throwing up."

He said he always thought that lung cancer was meant to affect those who smoked cigarettes next to him in pubs and that he had always been in favour of the smoking ban in them.


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