BBC newsreader George Alagiah reveals cancer diagnosis

Mike P Williams

BBC newsreader George Alagiah has spoken about battling cancer for a second time.

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(Credit: REX)

George, 62, shared the sad news on Twitter, as he vowed to fight the disease as he had done before.

The News at Six presenter remained optimistic, as he shared his thoughts with his 27.9k followers:

‘Always knew cancer could come back but still tough dealing with disappointment. Harder for my family. I know what I have to do: stay calm, stay content, stay fit and let doctors do their best.’

According to the BBC, George’s agent confirmed he is ‘in discussions with his medical team about treatment options and the way forward.’

The TV host is being treated for bowel cancer, having previously had stage four bowel cancer in 2014. Subsequently, he underwent three separate surgeries to remove eight tumours from his liver and was given chemotherapy.

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(Credit: REX)

He was given the all-clear and returned to work in 2015, but there was always a risk of the disease returning in the same or new form.

The BBC issued a statement ahead of his news broadcast later this evening that’ll still go ahead.

‘Everyone sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment,’ it read.

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(Credit: REX)

BBC editor commended George for still doing tonight’s programme after receiving the news, describing his as one of the ‘kindest in the business.’

Bowel cancer affects over 40,000 people each year, with more than nine out of ten early diagnosed patients surviving the disease for five years or more. For more information and symptoms, visit Bowel Cancer UK.

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