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EXC: First Dates’ Fred Sirieix issues update on co-star Merlin Griffiths, 47, amid his bowel cancer

Fred Sirieix has issued an update on his good friend Merlin Griffiths after he underwent surgical procedure to take away a tumour, following a stage three bowel cancer prognosis.

The maître d’, 50, who has ensured to keep up a correspondence with his ‘unimaginable’ First Dates co-star, 47, amid his well being woes, stated the barman is ‘extremely stoic within the face of what is taking place to him’.

He advised MailOnline: ‘I actually love him. He’s extremely constructive and pragmatic as properly. I’m simply not shocked as a result of that’s the kind of man he’s. You can all the time rely on Merlin.

Supportive: Fred Sirieix has issued an update on his friend Merlin Griffiths after he underwent surgery to remove a tumour, following a stage three bowel cancer diagnosis

Supportive: Fred Sirieix has issued an update on his good friend Merlin Griffiths after he underwent surgical procedure to take away a tumour, following a stage three bowel cancer prognosis

‘And we’ve been talking over the cellphone and texting, I’ve simply enquired how he’s and ensuring he’s okay. He’s clearly within the fingers of the NHS and the docs there.’

Merlin acquired robotic surgical procedure to have his tumour eliminated in April, after medical checks unearthed a progress that measured 4.5cm in size.

Fred defined: ‘He’s had an operation not so way back, began to cycle, he did a 10k, which is tough as a result of he has a stoma. It’s very very robust.

‘It reminds you of how fortunate you’re. If you’re wholesome and you’ve got your wits about you, that’s it. You are having life.

Strong: The maître d', 50, who has kept in touch with his 'incredible' First Dates co-star, 47, (pictured) amid his health woes, said he's 'incredibly stoic in the face of what's happening'

Strong: The maître d’, 50, who has saved in contact with his ‘unimaginable’ First Dates co-star, 47, (pictured) amid his well being woes, stated he is ‘extremely stoic within the face of what is taking place’

‘But it may be all taken away from us so shortly and unexpectedly so we’ve bought to cherish and revel in each single second.

‘I communicate fairly often with Merlin and he’s in good spirits. Maybe we’ll sit down and have a pleasant roast and a pint after a stroll on a Sunday.’

The TV persona additionally gushed about his skilled diver daughter Andrea, 17, who he shares with his ex-partner Alex Spendolini.

Not solely was she chosen because the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2020, she competed with Team GB on the summer season Olympics in Toyko final year.

Unwell: Merlin received robotic surgery to have his tumour removed in April, after medical tests unearthed a growth that measured 4.5cm in length

Unwell: Merlin acquired robotic surgical procedure to have his tumour eliminated in April, after medical checks unearthed a progress that measured 4.5cm in size

A proud Fred raved: ‘It’s superb and it’s all her personal doing and arduous work. She does it by herself. She’s very studious and she or he works very arduous in the whole lot she does.

‘As a dad, that’s the perfect factor you possibly can hope and need in your youngsters… to excel, to take pleasure in what they do and she or he’s a really glad human being so it’s great to see her blossom like that and revel in herself.’

While his little one dives from the nail-bitingly excessive 10 metre board frequently, her well-known father admitted he has solely managed to plunge from 5.

Continuing to laud Andrea, he continued: ‘I don’t actually fear an excessive amount of, I’m simply happy with her. She’s succesful to do these dives, bodily she is.

Proud dad: The TV personality also gushed about his professional diver daughter Andrea, 17, who he shares with his ex-partner Alex Spendolini

Proud dad: The TV persona additionally gushed about his skilled diver daughter Andrea, 17, who he shares with his ex-partner Alex Spendolini

‘It’s the psychological facet of diving which is vital actually and that makes the distinction in these competitions once you’re competing for a spot on the rostrum.

‘It’s all about how you are feeling as a result of all of them can dive, it’s nearly performing right here after which. But I do not know what she’ll do subsequent. Your guess is pretty much as good as mine.

‘I’m glad for her, to see her obtain what she’s achieved. She’s my daughter. I like her it doesn’t matter what. She’s my child so no matter occurs, it’s gonna be good.’

Fred – who has teamed up with French biscuit model LU to mark its launch within the UK – went on to rave about his childhood love of the candy treats.

He stated: ‘It’s a partnership made in heaven, for me anyway, I’ve been consuming these LU biscuits from once I was just a little boy.

‘My mum used to purchase them on a regular basis and they also have been in a field in a cabinet below the steps and each time I had the prospect to go and raid the cabinet there, I’d have the Lu biscuits.

‘And the truth is I’m so glad they’re now on the market right here as a result of each time I am going to France I am going with a automotive and I all the time deliver again a load of stuff in my boot together with the Lu biscuits in order that’s one of many go-to stuff that I all the time purchase.’

Fred Sirieix has teamed up with French biscuit model LU to mark its launch within the UK. Join his mission to show the afternoon lull into a day LU and share your afternoon moments with family members at #StyleTheLove.

Big fan: Fred - who has teamed up with French biscuit brand LU to mark its launch in the UK - went on to rave about his childhood love of the sweet treats

Big fan: Fred – who has teamed up with French biscuit model LU to mark its launch within the UK – went on to rave about his childhood love of the candy treats

BOWEL CANCER: THE SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE 

Bowel, or colorectal, cancer impacts the big bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.

Such tumours often develop from pre-cancerous growths, referred to as polyps.

Symptoms embody:

  • Bleeding from the underside
  • Blood in stools
  • A change in bowel habits lasting not less than three weeks
  • Unexplained weight reduction
  • Extreme, unexplained tiredness
  • Abdominal ache

Most circumstances don’t have any clear trigger, nevertheless, persons are extra in danger in the event that they: 

  • Are over 50
  • Have a household historical past of the situation
  • Have a personal historical past of polyps of their bowel
  • Suffer from inflammatory bowel illness, corresponding to Crohn’s illness
  • Lead an unhealthy way of life  

Treatment often includes surgical procedure, and chemo- and radiotherapy.

More than 9 out of 10 folks with stage one bowel cancer survive 5 years or extra after their prognosis.

This drops considerably whether it is recognized in later phases. 

According to Bowel Cancer UK figures, greater than 41,200 persons are recognized with bowel cancer each year within the UK. 

It impacts round 40 per 100,000 adults per year within the US, in accordance with the National Cancer Institute.

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