EXCLUSIVE: TV legend Anne Diamond fights back tears as she reveals she has cancer

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond reveals she has breast cancer

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Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 08/06/2023

- 22:39

Updated: 09/06/2023

- 00:09

The presenter is set to return to GB News this weekend

GB News presenter Anne Diamond has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Diamond said her battle against the disease is not over, but she will return to the channel this weekend.

In an exclusive interview with Dan Wootton on GB News, Diamond told viewers that the illness has been "a hell of a journey" after going from the "high" of being awarded an OBE, before being diagnosed with breast cancer on the same day.

“You're often taught that if something good happens to you, something bad happens, to slap you back“, the 68-year-old commented.

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond said she found out about her breast cancer on the day she got an OBE


She continued: “I haven’t been on a world cruise, which is what a lot of social media has been saying.

“It hasn’t been a world cruise, it has been a fight against breast cancer.“

"Five months later, I am still not at the end of that journey, but I am well enough to return to work.”

The legendary presenter is a staple member of the GB News family, appearing on Breakfast with Stephen and Anne on weekends.

Anne Diamond

Anne Diamond has opened up on her breast cancer journey

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Diamond spoke to Dan Wootton about her “tough” treatment, which she is still going through.

“I don’t have any advice for people because I’m still going through it. Im well enough to return to work but I had the full mastectomy.

“This is the first time I’ve talked about it so it’s quite difficult. The first operation I had was nine hours long. I don’t remember it, I was in and out.

“It was nine hours of removal and rebuild, that took a long time to get over. I then had a lumpectomy just to make sure they can trace the travel if the cancer has at all.

“Luckily I don’t think they did [track any]."

Diamond added that she has "no advice to give" to fellow cancer sufferers as she is still learning every day.

“I’ve also had a lot of radiotherapy, which I found very hard. It has been a journey.

“I am not pretending for a minute I am extraordinary because I am fully aware that one in seven women in this country are going through what I’ve just gone through and I don’t have any advice to give, I just have empathy.”

Anne Diamond (left) Stephen Dixon (right)

Anne Diamond presents GB News Breakfast with Stephen Dixon

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The condition, however, has kept her out of action for months.

Diamond was made an OBE in the New Year Honours for her campaign to prevent cot death.

The issue is deeply personal for Diamond after she lost her son Sebastian in 1990 to sudden infant death syndrome, commonly called cot death.

She partnered with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) and the Department of Health to launch the Back to Sleep campaign, which warned parents that babies should sleep on their backs, not their fronts.

The successful campaign has been credited with a reduction in cot deaths.

Speaking about the honour in December, she said: “This OBE is literally a crowning achievement to everyone who helped me and upon whose ground-breaking research my campaign was based.

“This is also testament that the media can be a force for good. By the Government’s own report, 80 per cent of parents who got the life-saving advice got it from the TV ads.

“But mostly this is for Sebastian, whom we still miss, and all of those tragically lost lives.”

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