Jo Wilson has revealed that she has been diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer.
The Sky Sports presenter confirmed that she had received this diagnosis this Summer, and has urged women to get their smear tests. She was told that it had spread to two of her lymph nodes.
She has also revealed that she is also undergoing life saving radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Wilson made this revelation during Gynaecologist Awareness month.
The presenter received her new back in June. She said that she had delayed her smear test, following a traumatic forceps delivery of her daughter Mabel, who was born in September 2020.
Following her daughter’s birth, mother and baby both caught sepsis, and Wilson had delayed her smear test amid fears of being “prodded down there”.
“worth speaking out”
Jo Wilson feels that if she can “save just one other life”, then speaking out about her experience would have been worth it.
“The last person in the public eye with cervical cancer was Jade Goody”, Wilson said. “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”.
Despite the worrying news, Wilson has insisted that doctors have assured her that her cancer is “very treatable” and “very curable”. A fact which she is trying to “hold onto”.
Admitting that the “lack of control can be quite difficult”, Jo Wilson insisted that she is “trying to live in the present and get this through”.
“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”, she added. “I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I am right now”.
Scottish broadcaster Jo Wilson has worked as a presenter on Sky Sports since 2015.