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Christiane Amanpour Shares Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis With CNN Viewers

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Christiane Amanpour has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The anchor shared the news on Monday night at the top of her return to CNN International after four weeks off the air. The last month has been a “bit of a roller coaster for me,” Amanpour told viewers. “During that time, like millions of women around the world, I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.” 

Amanpour is currently in treatment. She said she has already had “successful major surgery” to remove the cancer. Now, Amanpour is undergoing several months of chemotherapy “for the very best possible long-term prognosis,” she said. “I’m confident.” 

The British journalist said that she largely shared the personal news as a PSA for people to be proactive about their health, in regards to both ovarian cancer and other medical issues. “I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency,” Amanpour explained, “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.” She also implored viewers “to always listen to your bodies, and, of course, to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”

Amanpour, who was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety in 2015, also thanked the co-workers who filled in for her during her leave. She added that she was grateful for her work-sponsored health insurance and team of “incredible” doctors, as well as the “brilliant” National Health Services (NHS), which is the U.K.’s public health care system. Amanpour concluded the segment, “That’s my news, now let’s get to the news.”

According to the latest estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately 21,410 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with one of several types of ovarian cancer and 13,770 Americans will die from it this year. Most of those affected are older people with ovaries, with around half of diagnoses occurring in people over age 63, per the ACS. Other risk factors for ovarian cancer (as well as fallopian tube and peritoneal cancer) include having a family history of ovarian cancer, inheriting genes that predispose you to developing the disease (like a BRCA mutation), having endometriosis, and using hormone replacement therapy, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).