Sky Sports News presenter Jo Wilson is cancer free – eight months after revealing her diagnosis
Jo Wilson has revealed she’s cancer free, eight months after revealing she had been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer.
The Sky Sports News presenter, 38, revealed her diagnosis last September having gone for a routine smear test in June, and underwent life-saving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
She told OK! Magazine: ‘I can honestly say, waiting for the results of my latest scan was one of the toughest times of my life.
‘I tried to read my consultant’s body language as I walked in, but she must have known how I felt because before she’d even sat down, she told me, ‘It’s excellent news. There’s no evidence of disease.’
‘I could hardly believe it but she showed me the most recent scan compared to the one I’d had done when I was first diagnosed. This time it was absolutely clear, with none of the red ‘cancer’ zones that I’d seen on my previous scans.’
‘It’s excellent news’: Jo Wilson has revealed she’s cancer free, eight months after revealing she had been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer
Health update: The Sky Sports News presenter, 38, revealed her diagnosis last September having gone for a routine smear test in June, and underwent life-saving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment
She continued: ‘I felt a great wave of emotion when I heard the news. I started crying because I just couldn’t believe it. In fact, I’m still trying to process it.’
The mother-of-one revealed her diagnosis and the tragic circumstances surrounding her fear after being delivered the news in an interview with OK! magazine.
Wilson, who lives in the Cotswolds with her partner of six years Dan and 23-month old daughter Mabel, said: ‘I cried while a lovely nurse held my hand,’ she said. ‘Then I cried to Dan, and he was quite shocked because he didn’t really think it would be cancer.
‘You’re desperately hoping there’s a chance it might not be.
‘I said to the doctor ‘Am I going to die?’
‘You’re not going to die,’ he reassured me. ‘It’s very treatable, and it’s very curable.’
‘I try to hold onto that, but there are no guarantees. The percentages are still a bit ropey. There’s something like a 70 per cent success rate for this treatment.
‘So I’ll take that. But you do still think about the fact there’s a 30 per cent chance it won’t work.
‘The lack of control can be quite difficult, because the treatment will either work or it won’t. I’m trying to live in the present and get this through.’
Since her diagnosis last year, she married her partner Dan and has continued to work for Sky Sports.
In September last year she posted a photo of herself alongside her husband and daughter on their wedding day, captioned: ‘When life gives you cancer, get married!
‘Cheeky little wedding for now – celebrate with you all next year.’
Wilson said after TV personality Jade Goody’s death of cervical cancer in 2009 more women went for smear tests, but now said one in three women who are eligible do not go.
She said she wants to change and has spoken out about her own experience to try and help others.
The mother-of-one said: ‘I felt a great wave of emotion when I heard the news. I started crying because I just couldn’t believe it. In fact, I’m still trying to process it.’
The mum had always been up to date with her own smear tests but was last due while pregnant with Mabel in September 2020 – and after a traumatic delivery delayed her test as she was scared of being ‘prodded’.
When she did go and see a doctor, the cancer had taken hold.
Wilson, who hails from Perth in Scotland, graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a Masters in journalism in 2011, beginning as a graduate trainee at Sky Sports News that same year.
She later became a sub-editor and then a co-producer before making her screen debut on the channel in 2015.
WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.
The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal discharge that smells
- Pain in the pelvis
Causes can include:
- Age – more than half of sufferers are under 45
- HPV infection – which affects most people at some point in their lives
- Smoking – responsible for 21 per cent of cases
- Contraceptive pill – linked to 10 per cent of cases
- Having children
- Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina
Source: Cancer Research UK
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