CNN’s Chief International reporter Christiane Amanpour has shared her Ovarian cancer experience with her viewers.The ace reporter made the revelation on her show on Monday 14th June. She said the surgery had been successful and she was undergoing chemotherapy.
Ms Amanpour had been off the air for four weeks because of her illness.
“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it. I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident,” she said.
Ms Amanpour, 63, said she was sharing the news because she wanted to be transparent, but mostly to emphasise the importance of early diagnosis. She urged 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.”
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Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women, with the lifetime risk of developing it at about one in 78, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also one of the deadliest cancers for women. This is because it is often detected only in its advanced stages. There is no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer in women without symptoms, though an annual pelvic exam can be an important tool. Early detection is associated with higher survival rates.
Christiane Amanpour said she felt “fortunate to have health insurance through work and incredible doctors who are treating me in a country underpinned by, of course, the brilliant N.H.S.,” referring to Britain’s National Health Service.
Ms Amanpour has interviewed scores of global leaders and reported on conflicts all over the world. She joined CNN in 1983 as an entry-level assistant on the international assignment desk at its headquarters in Atlanta. She went on to become a reporter for the network in New York and by 1992 its chief international correspondent. After a brief stint at ABC, she returned to CNN in 2012 as the host of “Amanpour”.
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