CNN’s chief international presenter Christiane Amanpour has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she told viewers on Monday.
Ms Amanpour, who had been off the air for four weeks due to her illness, shared the news at the start of her nightly interview schedule for CNN International, based in her hometown of London.
“I have successfully had major surgery to remove it, and am now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the best possible long-term prognosis, and I am confident,” she said.
Ms Amanpour, 63, said she was sharing the news because she wanted to be transparent, but mostly to stress the importance of early diagnosis. She urged women “to educate yourself about this disease, get all the regular screenings and scans you can, always listen to your body and of course make sure your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”
Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women, with a lifetime risk of developing it of about one in 78, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also one of the deadliest cancers for women, in large part because it is often not detected until at an advanced stage. There is no reliable test for ovarian cancer in women without symptoms, although an annual pelvic exam can be an important tool. Early detection is associated with higher survival rates.
Ms Amanpour said she felt “lucky to have health insurance thanks to the work and incredible doctors treating me in a country supported, of course, by the brilliant NHS”, referring to the UK National Health Service.
Over a career spanning nearly four decades, Ms. Amanpour has interviewed dozens of world leaders and reported on conflicts around the world. She joined CNN in 1983 as a junior assistant in the office of international missions at its headquarters in Atlanta, later becoming a reporter for the network in New York and, in 1992, its chief international correspondent. After a brief stint on ABC, she returned to CNN in 2012 as the host of “Amanpour,” a version of which also airs on PBS.
Friends and colleagues shared messages of support on Twitter.
“I send you love, giant hugs and healing thoughts, my friend,” said Judy Woodruff, the anchor “PBS NewsHour”. “You’ll be fine, we’re all here to shoot for you.”
Ms Amanpour’s remarks only occupied the first minute of her show on Monday.
“So this is my news,” she concluded. “Now let’s get to the news. “