BBC legend reveals cancer diagnosis after her sister died from same disease | The Sun

BBC legend Dame Joan Bakewell has revealed she's been diagnosed with cancer.

The journalist, 89, announced on Tuesday she was told she had colon cancer during a routine examination.

It is understood she was operated on before Christmas.

She said: "I’ve always been optimistic because I caught this cancer early on, and within a week I was in hospital having an operation."

Still undergoing treatment, Dame Joan added: "I’ve recovered from [surgery].

"I’m feeling fine, and the chemotherapy is a mopping-up operation to make sure it doesn’t come back."

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The heart-breaking diagnosis comes after her sister Susan died from breast cancer at the age of 58.

Dame Joan has been a Breast Cancer Care patron since.

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