Welsh TV presenter issues health update 12 months on from cancer diagnosis

TV and radio presenter Mari Grug
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S4C presenter Mari Grug has issued a health update 12 months on from being diagnosed with breast cancer. In her new BBC Radio Cymru podcast, Lleisiau Cymru: 1 mewn 2, the TV and radio presenter, who lives in Carmarthenshire, said she was feeling "so much rejoice" after receiving news at the beginning of May.

The 39-year-old presenter, who is a familiar face on S4C's Heno, said that her life changed overnight after she found a lump in her left breast in April 2023. Mari received an official diagnosis for breast cancer in May of that year.

In a later health update to her fans on Instagram, she announced that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and liver. The presenter was then seeking treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In December last year, Mari underwent a mastectomy. You can read her interview with WalesOnline here.

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In her podcast, which sees Mari and her guests discuss the impact of cancer on their lives, the presenter issued a health update after receiving the results of a recent MRI scan. The presenter was evidently emotional as she told her listeners about the update. For the latest health news, sign up to our newsletter here.

She said: "Yesterday, I got the results of an MRI and it’s clear on the liver - the second time in a row". She added: "I had a clear MRI on my liver in February, and I’ve had another one now three months later. So yes, I’m feeling so much rejoice".

She later said: "It’s strange to think that a year has gone, and I know I have a long way to go yet - I am not naïve and I know, they are scanning me regularly.

"I had a mammogram on my other breast last week and that is also clear. It’s a good period, I’m feeling positive - I’m still feeling positive, and I’m looking forward to hopefully having three months of rest - no treatment, no chemotherapy, no radiotherapy."

According to the research and support charity Breast Cancer Now, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with one woman diagnosed every 10 minutes. Around 55,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, while in Wales, around 2,800 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. If you want to find out more about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, head over to our article here.