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28th May 2024

Irish radio star Adrian Kennedy opens up on shock cancer diagnosis

Simon Kelly

Adrian Kennedy cancer diagnosis

“I fell off the chair.”

Well-known Irish radio DJ Adrian Kennedy has opened up about his shock following being diagnosed with cancer.

The former 98fm and FM104 host, who now broadcasts on East Coast FM, Newstalk and Classic Hits, told listeners that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two months ago.

Speaking on his Opinions Matters podcast alongside co-host Jeremy Dixon, Kennedy revealed what it was like to hear his diagnosis from his doctor.

“I fell off the chair, the blood drained from me. It’s the one thing nobody wants to hear, and within an hour I was sitting in this studio doing a podcast,” he said.

Irish radio star Adrian Kennedy opens up on shock cancer diagnosis

After his diagnosis, Kennedy took some time off to undergo surgery to remove his prostate, which doctors have told him was successful.

The show shared a post on social media saying: “It’s been a strange few weeks on the Opinions Matter podcast and as many of you may have noticed, the show has been off air a few days.

“This is because Adrian was diagnosed with cancer a few months back and he has been dealing with that behind the scenes.

“As a team our priority is that Adrian has a speedy recovery and gets well again soon.

“He opened up yesterday live on the show about his diagnosis and we hope that his personal story will highlight the importance of keeping on top of health checks and screening.

The broadcaster said that he had been “been floored with lovely messages from listeners” after his diagnosis was revealed on the podcast.

Adrian went on to say that all men should go to their doctor and get their prostate and PSA levels checked.

“It’s very straightforward, there’s no big deal,” he said.

“I’m glad it was caught by fluke, but it was caught early enough.”

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