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The Sky Sports News broadcaster has been undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy since receiving the stage three diagnosis in July. Speaking during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, Jo, 37, said it was worth being open about her cancer fight if she could “save just one other life”.
The Scottish presenter said she had kept up to date with her smear tests until the traumatic delivery of her daughter Mabel in 2020, from which they both caught sepsis.
She put off going for a test until June this year because she feared “being prodded down there”.
A month after her test, it was confirmed she had stage 3b cervical cancer, which had spread to two of her lymph nodes.
Jo said the death in 2009 of Big Brother contestant Jade Goody, 27, from the disease encouraged more women to have tests – but only two-thirds now book appointments.
She told OK! magazine: “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.” Jo, who has been a presenter for Sky Sports News since 2015, said her doctor has told her the cancer was “very treatable” and “very curable” – a fact she says she “tries to hold on to”.
She admitted that the “lack of control can be quite difficult” as her treatment will either work or not.
But she said she was “trying to live in the present and get this through”.
Jo added: “It’s terrifying to think I could have put [the smear test] off even longer.
“Cervical cancer can be quite slow growing but it’s different for everybody.
“I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I am right now.”
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