Stephen admitted he thought cancer was something that happened to other people

Stephen Fry has revealed in a video message on his website that he’s recovering from surgery for prostate cancer.

The 60-year-old comedian and broadcaster said he had an operation in early January. He also said that he’s been recovering since and that’s why he’s been out of the public eye.

“In the first week of January, I had the operation, I’ve cut to the chase, and it all seemed to go pretty well. They took the prostate out. They took out 11 lymph nodes.”

Stephen added: “So, what next, well you have to recover and that’s what I’ve been doing really in case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been out of the public eye. I’m sure you haven’t!

“But I have been keeping my head down as much as possible, because obviously you want to get better”.

Stephen thanked his family, friends and “darling husband” for their support. He also revealed he didn’t think he was the type of person who’d get cancer.

“I went around saying to myself, ‘I’ve got cancer’. Good heavens, Stephen, you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer. I know it’s an old cliché but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you. Cancer is something that happens to other people.”

He also discussed how difficult a word cancer was to say, describing it as “one of those shocking, hard, difficult words”.

Stephen also urged men “of a certain age” to get a check up themselves, sharing a link to an NHS page on prostate cancer.

It states that over 40,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

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