Veteran CNN presenter Christiane Amanpour told viewers on Monday that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
“I have successfully had major surgery to remove it, and I am now under several months of chemotherapy for the best possible long-term prognosis, and I am confident,” she said. “I am also fortunate to have health insurance thanks to the work and the amazing doctors who treat me.”
Amanpour, 63, made her announcement from her home studio in London, returning to the airwaves after a four-week hiatus which she described as a “bit of a roller coaster” in which she was diagnosed.
She said she was sharing her news “in the interest of transparency, but in truth, really, above all, as a cry for early diagnosis.”
She urged women to get checked regularly, listen to their bodies, and “make sure your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”
The long-time award-winning journalist hosts CNN’s flagship global affairs show. Amanpour, the network’s main international anchor, has spent decades reporting on conflict-ridden hotspots and humanitarian crises around the world.