Here he is! First Dates' Merlin Griffiths cut a navy suit as he was seen in public for the first time since bowel tumour surgery on Tuesday while launching an alcohol-free bar at Royal Ascot

Merlin Griffiths is seen in public for the first time since bowel tumour surgery at Royal Ascot #LoveIsland

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Merlin Griffiths has been seen for the primary time in public after present process surgical procedure to take away a tumour, following a stage three bowel most cancers analysis.

The First Dates barman, 47, launched launch Royal Ascot’s first ever diminished and  alcohol-free bar on Tuesday as a part of Harrogate Spring Water’s Aware Consuming Mission.

He seemed dapper in a navy swimsuit and pink shirt whereas placing his drink mixing expertise to good use, earlier than being joined by Love Island’s Dr. Alex George, 31.

Here he is! First Dates' Merlin Griffiths cut a navy suit as he was seen in public for the first time since bowel tumour surgery on Tuesday while launching an alcohol-free bar at Royal Ascot

Right here he’s! First Dates’ Merlin Griffiths lower a navy swimsuit as he was seen in public for the primary time since bowel tumour surgical procedure on Tuesday whereas launching an alcohol-free bar at Royal Ascot

Showing to be in excessive spirits, Merlin beamed from ear-to-ear whereas clinking his glass with Alex’s, as they posed for photographers.

He was discharged from hospital six days after present process surgical procedure to take away a tumour, again in April.

The barman from the favored Channel 4 courting present revealed final yr that he had been identified with a stage three tumour on his bowel.

On the mend: He was discharged from hospital six days after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour, back in April

On the mend: He was discharged from hospital six days after present process surgical procedure to take away a tumour, again in April

On the time, the TV persona shared a cheering replace to Instagram, posting a selfie with blue skies behind him, writing: ‘And breathe. 6 days, begin to end.’

He added reward for the pioneering surgical procedure, explaining: ‘Now for actual #most cancers restoration. I’ve had open laparotomies earlier than and the restoration was 6 weeks in hospital earlier than robotic surgical procedure!! Superb.’

Merlin added the hashtags to mark Bowel Most cancers Consciousness Month, writing: #nhs #davincisurgicalsystem #bowelcancerawarenessmonth #stoma.

Talented: He looked suave in his navy suit and pink shirt while putting his drink mixing skills to good use

Gifted: He seemed suave in his navy swimsuit and pink shirt whereas placing his drink mixing expertise to good use

Looking good: The TV personality (right) was soon joined by Love Island's Dr. Alex George, 31, (left) who cut a smart figure in a grey suit

Wanting good: The TV persona (proper) was quickly joined by Love Island’s Dr. Alex George, 31, (left) who lower a wise determine in a gray swimsuit

Making friends: Appearing to be in high spirits, Merlin beamed from ear-to-ear while clinking his glass with Alex's, as they posed for photographers

Making pals: Showing to be in excessive spirits, Merlin beamed from ear-to-ear whereas clinking his glass with Alex’s, as they posed for photographers

He thanked the NHS for ‘actually saving his life’ after present process the ‘robotic’ surgical procedure.

The TV persona seemed frail in a candid selfie from his hospital mattress, which he shared to Twitter whereas admitting he was struggling ‘aches and pains’.

In a submit from the day past, he wore a black face masks with unicorn prints whereas declaring he was ‘prepared as he’ll ever be’ in an Instagram submit earlier than having the tumour eliminated.

Cheers: The Welsh physician (left) continued his look with a pale pink tie

Cheers: The Welsh doctor (left) continued his look with a pale pink tie

Suave: He framed his face with round glasses and wore his brown hair in a side-swept style

Suave: He framed his face with spherical glasses and wore his brown hair in a side-swept fashion

Talented: Merlin looked like he was in his element as he did was he does best

Gifted: Merlin seemed like he was in his factor as he did was he does greatest

He wrote: ‘Thanks #NHS for actually saving my life. #BowelCancerAwarenessMonth.’

Posting the identical shot to the photosharing platform, he added: ‘2am. Tubes outta in all places. Aches and pains. However no tumour! #bowelcancerawarenessmonth.’

Plugging April’s Bowel Most cancers Consciousness Month, he concluded: Prepared as I am going to ever be. Tumour removing time. [champagne emoji] #bowelcancerawarenessmonth.’

Tragic: The barman from the popular Channel 4 dating show revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with a stage three tumour on his bowel

Tragic: The barman from the favored Channel 4 courting present revealed final yr that he had been identified with a stage three tumour on his bowel 

Fascinating: He also shared a photo of the four-armed 'robot' holding the surgical instruments and a camera, to give his followers an insight into the procedure

Fascinating: He additionally shared a photograph of the four-armed ‘robotic’ holding the surgical devices and a digital camera, to offer his followers an perception into the process

Candid: Plugging April's Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, he concluded: Ready as I'll ever be. Tumour removal time. [champagne emoji] #bowelcancerawarenessmonth'

Candid: Plugging April’s Bowel Most cancers Consciousness Month, he concluded: Prepared as I am going to ever be. Tumour removing time. [champagne emoji] #bowelcancerawarenessmonth’

He additionally shared a photograph of the four-armed ‘robotic’ holding the surgical devices and a digital camera, to offer his followers an perception into the process. 

Merlin introduced in March that he was attributable to have the operation, joking that he had three weeks to ‘get my s**t collectively’.

Final yr, Merlin was instructed he has a 75 per cent likelihood of dwelling for greater than 5 years after medical checks unearthed a stage three tumour that measured 4.5cm in size. 

And updating his followers on his progress, he tweeted: ‘Operation scheduled. Three weeks to get my s**t collectively. Robotic surgical procedure, welcome to the longer term!’ 

Unwell: Merlin announced in March that he was due to have the operation, joking that he had three weeks to 'get my s**t together'

Unwell: Merlin introduced in March that he was attributable to have the operation, joking that he had three weeks to ‘get my s**t collectively’

He later thanked his followers for his or her effectively needs, including: ‘Thanks to everybody wishing me effectively. X Might your lives be affluent and stuffed with empathy and happiness.’ 

Robotic surgical procedure sees surgeons view the operation by a magnified display screen whereas a robotic machine with 4 arms holds the surgical devices and a digital camera. The surgeon controls the arms of the machine and removes the most cancers by keyhole surgical procedure. 

Merlin obtained his bleak analysis from medical doctors at Northampton Normal Hospital, saying on the time that he was attempting to maintain a ‘optimistic outlook’.

Chatting with the Sunday Mirror final yr, Merlin stated: ‘I am conserving that optimistic outlook, however I’ve a morbid sense of humour. I inform folks, ‘I’ve colorectal most cancers… it is an actual ache within the ar*e!’

Merlin has a seven-year-old daughter referred to as Alix together with his companion Lucille, 40, who he has been with for greater than a decade and shall be by his aspect as he faces a yr of life-saving therapy.

Diagnosis: Last year, he was told he has a 75 per cent chance of living for more than five years after medical tests unearthed a stage three tumour that measured 4.5cm in length

Analysis: Final yr, he was instructed he has a 75 per cent likelihood of dwelling for greater than 5 years after medical checks unearthed a stage three tumour that measured 4.5cm in size 

When the barman instructed his younger daughter of the troubling analysis he reassured her of the powers of contemporary drugs and gushed in regards to the public healthcare system.

On the time, he stated: ‘I’ve a lot religion in drugs and the NHS on this nation, which is simply so unbelievable.’ 

Preserving his feelings behind closed doorways, Merlin admitted: ‘I’ve shed a tear in personal. However you possibly can select ‘to do’ or ‘to not do’. I selected to guide my life as regular, to stay to the information about it, and to maintain placing one step in entrance of the opposite.’

'I have so much faith in medicine and the NHS in this country': Merlin said he was remaining optimistic as he gushed about the public health service

‘I’ve a lot religion in drugs and the NHS on this nation’: Merlin stated he was remaining optimistic as he gushed in regards to the public well being service 

The TV persona, who turned a family title alongside Fred Sirieix within the First Dates restaurant, began to really feel ache in June however thought it was brought on by an previous abdomen damage from a automobile accident in his 20s.

Merlin was identified with bowel most cancers final yr and stated his tumour seemed like an alien and felt like a walnut caught within him. 

Docs found the tumour once they gave the barman an emergency sigmoidoscopy to probe his decrease gut after the star spent three months telling folks he felt one thing incorrect in his physique. 

Merlin admitted he was terrified by the ordeal however instantly centered on his possibilities of survival following his analysis.  

Close: He told his co-workers in the First Dates restaurant about his diagnosis just a week after he told his family (pictured: Fiona Beck, Grant Urquhart, Daniella Kalita, Fred Sirieix, David, Cici Coleman and Merlin on the show)

Shut: He instructed his co-workers within the First Dates restaurant about his analysis only a week after he instructed his household (pictured: Fiona Beck, Grant Urquhart, Daniella Kalita, Fred Sirieix, David, Cici Coleman and Merlin on the present) 

The star revealed that his tumour wished to maneuver into the tissue surrounding it however wasn’t ‘lymph’ – which means the most cancers fortunately hadn’t unfold.  

Merlin instructed his co-workers within the First Dates restaurant, together with maitre d’resort Fred Sirieix, and waiters Grant Urquhart and CiCi Coleman, about his analysis only a week after he instructed his household.  

The barman admitted his friends have been shocked and could not assist however query why unhealthy issues occur to good folks.

BOWEL CANCER: THE SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE 

Bowel, or colorectal, most cancers impacts the massive bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.

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

Signs embody:

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

Most circumstances haven’t 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 private historical past of polyps of their bowel
  • Endure from inflammatory bowel illness, resembling Crohn’s illness
  • Lead an unhealthy way of life  

Remedy often entails surgical procedure, and chemo- and radiotherapy.

Greater than 9 out of 10 folks with stage one bowel most cancers survive 5 years or extra after their analysis.

This drops considerably whether it is identified in later phases. 

Based on Bowel Most cancers UK figures, greater than 41,200 persons are identified with bowel most cancers yearly within the UK. 

It impacts round 40 per 100,000 adults per yr within the US, in line with the Nationwide Most cancers Institute.