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Christiane Amanpour, anchor of Amanpour, a global affairs interview programme on CNN International, has told viewers that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Amanpour revealed this during a live broadcast on Monday.
“I want to first thank Bianna Golodryga and the whole team for holding down the folks so well over the last four weeks, which has been a bit of a roller-coaster for me, because during that time, like millions of women around the world, I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” Amanpour said at the beginning of her daily television program.
“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident.”
Amanpour’s revelation helped clear the air on her absence from the programme for the past four weeks.
“I’m also fortunate to have health insurance through work and incredible doctors who are treating me in a country underpinned by, of course, the brilliant NHS,” she added thanking the UK health workers who have been treating her.
In her on-air announcement, Amanpour pointed out that ovarian cancer is all too common, affecting “millions of women around the world.”
She further advised women to “educate themselves” on the disease, and carry out regular scans.
“I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency. But in truth, really, mostly as a shoutout to early diagnosis — to urge women to educate themselves on this disease; to get all the regular screenings and scans that you can; to always listen to your bodies, and of course to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”
Amanpour, 63, is a veteran journalist known around the world for her fearless coverage of international conflicts.