BBC News anchor George Alagiah, 64, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and again in 2017. In a recent interview, he said he isn’t afraid of the disease as his doctors have not looked worried during his health checks.
He said on BBC Radio 5: “I take my cue from my doctors and they don’t look scared to me.
“I’ve known them now for six years… in fact I said to one of them a couple of years ago, that he better do the worrying for me, because I can’t deal with that.
“I’m not going to spend the time I’ve got worrying,” he added.
“I want to spend the time I’ve got living and doing the things I want to do and enjoying my family and friends.”
At the time, he told BBC News At Six’s Sophie Raworth: “If I can live with cancer, I can certainly live with COVID-19.
“I don’t want to trivialise because I seem to have had a mild dose, but actually, the very fact that we (cancer patients) are living with cancer I think gives us an edge.
“We’ve confronted those difficult, dark moments in our life.”
He later took to Twitter to reveal he was taking a further break from the newsroom to avoid potentially spreading the disease.
He tweeted: “Absolutely gutted. After talking to colleagues and doctors I’ve decided to stay away from the newsroom.
“I’m on a few weeks cancer treatment break at the moment but, on a balance of risks, we all decided I must heed the advice for those with underlying health issues.”
George was swiftly inundated with support from his fans and fellow television stars.
Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid wrote: “Huge best wishes George x.”
Louise Minchin tweeted: “Take care xx.”