Jimmy Tarbuck credits Tom Jones with helping him through cancer scare

Jimmy Tarbuck has revealed he is getting tested for prostate cancer after he turns 80 next week but his close friend Tom Jones is keeping his spirits high.

The comedy legend, 79, told how he believes he may have the disease after showing some symptoms and credits Rod Stewart with giving him the courage to get tested. 

Jimmy, whose birthday is on Wednesday, 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.' 

Admission: Jimmy Tarbuck, 79, is getting tested for prostate cancer after he turns 80 next week but his close friend Tom Jones is keeping his spirits high (pictured in December 2019)

Admission: Jimmy Tarbuck, 79, is getting tested for prostate cancer after he turns 80 next week but his close friend Tom Jones is keeping his spirits high (pictured in December 2019) 

'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.'

Jimmy added that he will see Tom, 79, in between the singer doing The Voice and him having his operation. 

The former game show host added that knowing Rod Stewart previously battled prostate cancer had helped him to face the possibility of being diagnosed. 

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 said: 'Jonesy knows. He is very helpful and gives me a lot of encouragement. I regard him as a great friend' (pictured in December 2019)

Jimmy said: 'Jonesy knows. He is very helpful and gives me a lot of encouragement. I regard him as a great friend' (pictured in December 2019) 

Jimmy and Tom have been close friends for decades, previously enjoying boozy meals at Chelsea restaurant La Famiglia.

The pair have had more refined meetings in recent years as they have both given up alcohol, however Jimmy joked he may indulge for his birthday.

The TV star said he was thinking about having one glass of wine to share with his wife Pauline and their children but joked he now he thinks he may have five glasses of wine with one straw.

Jimmy previously faced a health scare when he had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 due to heart problems.

Friendship: Jimmy and Tom Jones have been close friends for decades, previously enjoying boozy meals at Chelsea restaurant La Famiglia (pictured in 1971)

Friendship: Jimmy and Tom Jones have been close friends for decades, previously enjoying boozy meals at Chelsea restaurant La Famiglia (pictured in 1971) 

Help: Jimmy told how he believes he may have the disease after showing some symptoms and credits Rod Stewart with giving him the courage to get tested (Rod pictured in January 2020)

Help: Jimmy told how he believes he may have the disease after showing some symptoms and credits Rod Stewart with giving him the courage to get tested (Rod pictured in January 2020)

Of his upcoming test, Jimmy said it is 'best to know now' as he wants to 'grab another few years', adding that his health has been fine since he had stints put into his heart. 

The comedian, who is doing a one-man show, added that he has no plans to cancel his upcoming tour dates for this year. 

WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER? 

Prostate cancer is the growth of tumours in the prostate gland.

Only men have a prostate, which is a walnut-sized gland between the rectum and the penis which creates a fluid to be mixed with sperm to create semen. 

How many people does it kill? 

More than 11,800 men a year - or one every 45 minutes - are now killed by prostate cancer in Britain, compared with about 11,400 women dying of breast cancer.

It means prostate cancer is behind only lung and bowel in terms of how many people it kills in Britain. In the US, the disease kills 26,000 each year. 

How quickly does it develop? 

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs someone has it for many years, according to the NHS. 

If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of 'watchful waiting' or 'active surveillance' may be adopted. 

Some patients can be cured if the disease is

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