In the battle over politics, it’s easy to demonize those on the other side of the aisle. However, some things remind us that the people we’re sparring with are humans just like us.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour announced on her program Monday that she underwent surgery to treat ovarian cancer, the Daily Caller reported. The 63-year-old network mainstay returned after a four-week absence following her diagnosis and will continue to take time off intermittently for treatments.
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— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) June 14, 2021
“I’ve had successful major surgery to remove it, and I’m now undergoing several months of chemotherapy for the very best possible long-term prognosis, and I’m confident,” Amanpour reported in her monologue. The London-based chief international anchor for CNN credited her doctors at the National Institutes of Health and her private insurance for the prompt treatment.
She also used her platform to inform other women about the importance of proper screening. “I’m telling you this in the interest of transparency but in truth really mostly as a shoutout to early diagnosis,” she said.
The host encouraged “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 that your legitimate medical concerns are not dismissed or diminished.” Early detection is key to overcoming this disease.
Ovarian cancer often grows undetected in the early stages, according to the Mayo Clinic. By the time women experience the vague symptoms in advanced stages, if any at all, it has had time to spread to other organs, making it more difficult to treat.
Amanpour is scheduled to take another three-week hiatus at the end of this month. She will continue to anchor her eponymous program Monday through Wednesday as she undergoes months of chemotherapy.
Political differences don’t matter when it comes to a cancer diagnosis. We wish Amanpour well and pray for her recovery as she fights this disease that has claimed so many too soon.