Friday 23 March 2018

News anchor Williams has double mastectomy

Sian Williams said she was diagnosed with breast cancer the week after her 50th birthday
Sian Williams said she was diagnosed with breast cancer the week after her 50th birthday
Sian Williams

Dean Gray in London

Former BBC 'Breakfast' presenter Sian Williams has revealed that she has had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the disease, the newsreader explained that her biggest fear was not seeing her two young children grow up.

In an interview with 'Woman and Home' magazine, the mother of four said that despite a family history of cancer, she and her husband Paul Woolwich had never imagined that she would get it.

"My aunt died of breast cancer and I'd lost my mum to liver and bowel cancer and I gradually began to realise how bewildered and scared I was," said Ms Williams.


"The week after my 50th birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought I was healthy. I did all the right things - I was a green tea drinker, a salmon eater, a runner."

The 51-year-old also told the publication she thought it was so "improbable" that she had the disease that she did not take her husband with her to receive the results of a biopsy, the 'Daily Mail' reports.

Ms Williams, who currently anchors 'News on Channel 5', continued: "My biggest fear was not being there as a mum - and for some unfathomable reason, I couldn't stop thinking that I want to be here for my daughter Evie to watch her get married."

She further told the magazine that nobody apart from her children's teacher knew that she had undergone a double mastectomy.

The Welsh presenter explained that at the time she was "horrible" to her husband because she was intent on being strong.

"He never knew if I was 'strong, capable Sian' or if I needed help, which was very confusing for him. And we had some really explosive moments and furious rows as a result."

However, she added: "Paul is an extraordinary man. I have learnt that I need to let him know if I need support or an outstretched hand to help me up."

Irish Independent

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