LONDON, April 15 (UPI) -- British comedian and filmmaker Terry Jones is urging men to get regular bowel checkups after he beat bowel cancer.
The former Monty Python trouper says it was "incredible luck" that he was diagnosed very early on in the stages of bowel cancer, The Mail on Sunday reported.
"They stuck a camera inside me and found a tumor. I was taken straight into hospital to have it removed and I recovered extremely quickly after that," he said.
Now, after undergoing both surgery and chemotherapy, he says he is fully recovered and spending time with his 23-year-old girlfriend, Anna Soderstrom.
"I'm in great health and great spirits. I feel incredibly lucky that the illness was spotted so early," he said. "I urge all men over the age of 50 to go for a routine colonoscopy. This would save lives. Colon cancer is incredibly common and you don't necessarily have any symptoms; you don't feel ill."