CNN’s Christiane Amanpour returned to the air after four weeks and revealed she underwent “major surgery” on Monday, June 14.
The news network’s Chief International Anchor opened up about her secret battle with ovarian cancer while explaining her absence. Reporting from London, she first thanked her co-workers for holding down the fort before detailing her story.
“[The last four weeks] have been a bit of a roller coaster for me because during that time, like millions of women around the world, I’d been diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” the composed anchor said.
Amanpour continued her heartfelt announcement, “I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m not undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible, long-term prognosis.”
She said she is “confident” and expressed her gratitude for her situation. “I’m also fortunate to have health insurance through work and incredible doctors, who are treating me in a country underpinned by, of course, the brilliant NHS,” the journalist said, referencing England’s National Health Service.
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— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) June 14, 2021
Amanpour made it a point to explain the noble reason she is revealing so much personal information.
“I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency but, in truth, really mostly as a shoutout to early diagnosis,” she passionately stated.
“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 body, and, of course, to ensure that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.”