CNN's Christiane Amanpour Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer: 'Always Listen to Your Body'
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International journalist Christiane Amanpour was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy, she said on Monday.
The 63-year-old international chief presenter at CNN said the past few weeks have been "a bit of a roller coaster ride".
"I would like to begin by thanking Bianna Golodryga and the entire team for holding the position for the past four weeks, which has been a kind of roller coaster ride for me. During that time, like millions of women around the world, I have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer Amanpour announced at the beginning of their segment.
Amanpour said she was "confident" with her prognosis while undergoing treatment.
"I had a successful major surgery to remove it and am now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the best long-term prognosis possible," she said. "I am also fortunate to have health insurance through my work and incredible doctors treating me in a country that is naturally backed by the brilliant NHS."
Amanpour said she decided to publicly share her diagnosis in hopes of helping others.
"I'm telling you this for the sake of transparency, but in truth, really, mainly to get an early diagnosis," she said. "Urging women to find out about this disease, getting all regular checkups and scans, always listening to your body, and of course, making sure your legitimate medical concerns are not being addressed or mitigated."
"So this is my news," she concluded. "Now we come to the news."
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London-born Amanpour was hired by CNN in 1983 shortly after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. She traveled the world as a reporter on the station's foreign office, broadcast from several war zones and spoke to world leaders. She briefly left CNN from 2010 to 2012 to anchor This Week on ABC before returning to CNN and taking over Charlie Rose on PBS.
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