Daily US Times: Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international anchor and a celebrated journalist, has announced she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The 63-year-old journalist told viewers she had had “major successful surgery to remove it” and will now undergo several months of chemotherapy.
Amanpour made the announcement from her home studio in London after four weeks off air.
The veteran reporter has spent decades reporting across the globe, covering a wide range of crises and conflicts.
In Monday’s announcement, Amanpour said she was sharing the news as “a shout out to early diagnosis”.
Noting the “millions” of people around the world with ovarian cancer, the CNN anchor urged women to educate themselves on the disease, get regular screenings and “ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished”.
Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms – like a swollen, bloated or painful stomach – are easily mistaken for less serious health problems.
It is the seventh most common cancer in women across the world, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. Ovarian cancer is usually fatal, and is the eighth most common cause of cancer death in women worldwide.
The award-winning journalist said she was “confident” in her prognosis, adding that she was fortunate to have health insurance in her treatment, “underpinned by the brilliant NHS”.
Christiane Amanpour plans to anchor her CNN programme from Monday to Wednesday weekly as she faces months of chemotherapy treatments, CNN said in a statement. The network also said she also has three weeks of previously scheduled time off.
She hosts CNN’s flagship global affairs programme as well as a weeknight programme for PBS.