Sky Sports presenter Jo Wilson has revealed she has been diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer.
The Scottish broadcaster told OK! magazine she received the diagnosis this summer and is undergoing life-saving radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.
Wilson, 37, made the announcement as she urged women to get their smear tests.
She spoke out during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month as she feels if she can “save just one other life” then it would be worth opening up about her experience.
She told the magazine: “The last person in the public eye with cervical cancer was Jade Goody.
“After Jade’s death, more women went for smear tests, but now one in three who are eligible don’t go. I really want to change that.
“If I can save just one other life by being open about my battle then it’s worth speaking out.”
Wilson revealed that she received the diagnosis in July following a smear test in June, with further testing confirming that she had stage 3b cervical cancer – meaning the disease had spread to two of her lymph nodes.
She said she previously kept up to date with her smear tests but after a traumatic forceps delivery with her daughter Mabel in September 2020, she delayed going for a test as she feared “being prodded down there”.
The broadcaster, who has worked with Sky Sports News since 2015, said the doctor confirmed her cancer is “very treatable” and “very curable” which is a fact she tries to “hold onto”.
Wilson admitted that the “lack of control can be quite difficult” as the treatment will either work or it might not but she has said she is “trying to live in the present and get this through”.
She added: “It’s terrifying to think I could have put it off even longer. Cervical cancer can be quite slow growing but it’s different for everybody.
“I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I am right now.”