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05th Sep 2022

Sky Sports’ Jo Wilson shares stage 3 cervical cancer diagnosis


Wilson asked the doctor: “Am I going to die?”

Sky Sports host Jo Wilson has announced she has been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer and told how she broke down in tears when she told her husband.

The presenter who has hosted Sky Sports since 2015, is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy after being diagnosed this summer.

The 37-year-old has already lost a stone due to the gruelling affect the treatment is having on her body.

Wilson learned she had signs of cancer after going for a routine smear test in June, then a month later tests showed she was battling 3b cervical cancer with it having spread to two of her lymph nodes.

Wilson, who has a 23-month-old daughter, Mabel, said she broke down in tears to her husband Dan after doctors delivered the news, telling Ok Magazine: “I cried while a lovely nurse held my hand. Then I cried to Dan, and he was quite shocked because he didn’t really think it would be cancer. You’re desperately hoping there’s a chance it might not be.”

She added: “I said to the doctor ‘Am I going to die?’. ‘You’re not going to die,’ he reassured me. ‘It’s very treatable, and it’s very curable’.”

Wilson had been due a smear test while she had been pregnant with Mabel, but after a traumatic delivery where they both caught sepsis, the presenter delayed getting it done.

Wilson, who spoke out about her diagnosis during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, says she is “hanging onto the positives” and has to believe “everything is in my favour”.

But she spoke openly about her fears, saying while there is a 70 per cent success rate, she thinks about the 30 per cent chance it might not work.

Wilson said she finds it “terrifying” that she could have put off her smear test even longer and urged women to get it done.

The presenter decided to speak out about her cancer battle to raise awareness and hopes she will be able save another’s life by doing so.