Veteran CNN journalist, Amanpour reveals she has ovarian cancer


Amarachi Okeh

Renowned Cable News Network (CNN) news anchor, Christiane Amanpour has revealed that she has ovarian cancer.

She disclosed this on CNN news live on Monday.

Amanpour revealed that she was diagnosed four weeks ago and had had successful major surgery to remove the cancers, adding that she is now undergoing several months of chemotherapy.

She said, “…I wanna thank the whole team for holding down the fort 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 all over the world, I’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“I have had successful major surgery to remove it and I’m undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best long-term prognosis and I am confident.

“I’m also fortunate to have health insurance through work and incredible doctors who are treating me in a country with the brilliant NHS.

“I tell you this in the interest of transparency, but in truth as a shout out 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 your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished,” she said

According to MedicineNet, an online medical site, ovarian cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer that arises from different types of cells within the ovary, an almond-shaped egg-producing female reproductive organ.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service also stated that ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women and mainly affects women who have been through menopause (usually over the age of 50), but it can sometimes affect younger women.

The NHS further listed the symptoms of ovarian cancer as feeling constantly bloated, swollen tummy, discomfort in the tummy or pelvic area, feeling full quickly when eating and the need to pee more often than usual.

Treatment for ovarian cancer, according to the NHS, is surgery to remove as much cancer as possible. This surgery may also include the removal of the ovaries, the womb and the fallopian tubes while the second treatment is chemotherapy.

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