JIMMY Tarbuck has revealed he’s showing symptoms of prostate cancer and is undergoing an operation to find out for good after he turns 80 next week.
The comedy legend, 79, says his close pal Tom Jones is helping him through the cancer nightmare.
Jimmy’s milestone birthday is on Wednesday and he told The Mirror: “The day after, I am going in for an operation and I will be getting myself right again.
“They need to do a biopsy to find out if I have got prostate cancer.”
Talking about his close pal Tom Jones he added: “Jonesy knows. He is very helpful and gives me a lot of encouragement.
“I regard him as a great friend. Tom is always good fun and good company and we always have a good laugh.”
The well-known comedian whose career spans six decades added that knowing Rod Stewart previously battled prostate cancer helped him face his fears,
He said: “The thought of having prostate cancer is scary but I am determined to face it head on – and that’s because of learning that Rod Stewart has gone through it too.”
Jimmy previously faced a health scare when he had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 because of heart problems.
The stand-up comic and TV variety host rose to fame in the 1960s and was awarded an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity in 1994
Last year Rod Stewart revealed he beat prostate cancer after a secret three year struggle.
The 74-year-old was diagnosed in February 2016 after a routine appointment and is now urging men to get check their prostates after going into remission in July 2019.
The legendary rocker opened up about his battle at a fundraiser event alongside former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood.
According to the Mirror, he told the audience that he had warned wife Penny Lancaster beforehand that he was going to use the bash to “come out”.
He said his model wife replied: “Tonight would be a nice night to come out of the closet.”
The rocker told the crowd: “No, it’s not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.”
As Ronnie, who has battled lung cancer , comforted him, he continued: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.
“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.”
He added: “Finger up the bum, no harm done.”
Rod went on to say that he believes the lord was looking after him and Ronnie, 72, agreed, saying: “Somebody up there likes us, Rod.”
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