BREAKING NEWS: BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire reveals she has been diagnosed with breast cancer
- Victoria Derbyshire confirmed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer
- 46-year-old BBC presenter broke the news to her 49,500 Twitter followers
- Mother-of-two said she will undergo a mastectomy in the weeks to come
- However, said she would continue to host news programme when she can
BBC presenter and mother-of-two Victoria Derbyshire, 46 (pictured last year), has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo a mastectomy in the weeks to come
BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo a mastectomy within a matter of weeks.
The mother-of-two disclosed the news on Twitter this evening, telling her 49,500 followers that she will continue to front her news programme during treatment where possible.
Miss Derbyshire, 46, who currently hosts a daily news and current affairs programme on BBC Two and has previously worked on Radio 5 Live, also praised medical staff for their support.
She was immediately inundated with messages of support from fans and colleagues, wishing her a speedy recovery.
Announcing the news, Miss Derbyshire tweeted: 'Have been diagnosed with breast cancer & am having a mastectomy in a few wks. Family, friends, work & NHS staff are being brilliant. Will be doing the programme as much as possible during treatment in the months ahead.'
Responding to the news, a spokesman for the BBC said: 'We wish Victoria a full and speedy recovery and look forward to having her back full time on the programme as soon as possible.'
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and can be treated if caught early, according to the NHS.
Just under 50,000 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2011, with eight out of 10 who get the disease aged over 50.
In the UK, the chance of developing breast cancer before the age of 30 is roughly 0.05 per cent (one in 2,000). It goes up to two per cent (one in 50) before the age of 50 and 7.7 per cent (one in 13) before the age of 70.
However, it is after the age of 70 that the risk is highest. A third of all incidences of breast cancer occur in women aged over 70.
Overall, a woman living in the UK has a 12 per cent chance of getting breast cancer during her lifetime. It's the same in the US.
Educated at Bury Grammar School before studying English at the University of Liverpool, Miss Derbyshire got her first break in journalism working as local radio reporter.
She later co-presented the 5 Live breakfast show alongside Julian Worricker, who was later replaced by Nicky Campbell.
Never far from controversy, it emerged that she had moved in with BBC editor Mark Sandell, who was said to have left his wife Fi Glover, another presenter at the corporation, after just two years of marriage.
Her much-heralded switch to a regular TV current affairs show, simply called Victoria Derbyshire, has consistently struggled to attract viewers, despite significant efforts at promotion by the BBC.
The ‘digital first’ programme only attracted an audience of 39,000 earlier this year, and BBC boss James Harding was mocked after saying it had been a success but only ‘by the standards we set it’.
Miss Derbyshire, who currently hosts a daily news and current affairs programme on the BBC, disclosed her news on Twitter tonight, telling her 49,500 followers that she would continue to front the show where possible
A spokesman for the BBC said: 'We wish Victoria a full & speedy recovery & look forward to having her back full time as soon as possible.' Pictured: Victoria hosting her news and current affairs programme on the BBC
Earlier this year, Miss Derbyshire, who has two children with Sandell, revealed her family had dealt with the fallout of Sandell being accused of bullying at the BBC.
Bosses began an investigation into the 53-year-old, who has worked at the Corporation for 25 years, more than a year ago after claims he bullied and sexually harassed a member of staff. Separately, he was investigated over expenses.
Sandell, a senior BBC editor who was previously married to fellow broadcaster Fi Glover, returned to work after successfully appealing against his dismissal following the investigation into bullying.
At the time, Miss Derbyshire told Radio Times magazine: 'It has been pretty stressful but we have moved on. We're fine.'
Asked whether she still felt angry with the BBC about what happened, she said: 'Only because of the time it took. It took a long time.'
Last year, Miss Derbyshire revealed that behind her success lies a difficult childhood which gave her the courage to 'be bold to anyone'.
She claimed in an article in The Guardian that her father Anthony was an 'aggressive' man who abused her, her mother and her younger brother and sister.
She said: 'It was very much us four against him. He was aggressive and violent and not loving in any way. Not like a father should be.'
She described rushing to make him a cup of tea after work or 'there would be all hell to pay', and slipping her mother's Valium into his tea hoping to 'calm him down'.
Asked if the tactic worked, she said: 'I didn't monitor it. I should have taken notes: 'Today, one Valium, no row; today, no Valium, he threw a pan at mum's head.'
She described her mother Pauline, 74, as 'absolutely brilliant'. The siblings tried to protect her, she claimed, by sitting at the top of the stairs to listen to parental rows.
She said: '[We were] thinking 'we don't know what to do, but we'll stay awake because if we're awake, at least that is somehow going to protect her because we'll know what is happening'. Though I don't know what we thought we'd do with the information.'
Her parents divorced in 1985 when she was 17 - a moment she called a 'liberation' - and her mother remarried her 'amazing' late stepfather Des Whitehead.
In the interview with The Guardian last month, Miss Derbyshire said: 'My attitude now is that I have no feelings towards him, because I don't want to waste any energy on him.
'I think when I first had children, that's when I really understood the depths to which he had sunk - your own child, how can you hit them?'
Victoria Derbyshire (pictured alongside Andrew Pierce on 'Lorraine Live' in 2013) said she will undergo a mastectomy in the weeks to come but said she will continue to host her news programme as much as possible
Miss Derbyshire (pictured left in June and right in January) was immediately inundated with messages of support from fans and colleagues, wishing her a speedy recovery after disclosing the news on Twitter tonight
She put her fearless style - which has seen her grill her boss, former 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren, and put former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke on the spot over his views on rape victims - down to resilience she learnt growing up.
'I remember being bold to my father and feeling I was sticking up for myself and for us, and so, in comparison to that, I think I can be bold to anyone,' she said.
Mr Derbyshire, 77, insisted he had never hit his children and said their childhood in an eight-bedroom Tudor mansion in Lancashire, now worth £2.5million, was 'brilliant'.
He admits striking his ex-wife, claiming she was aggressive to him.
He said: 'She implies she was dragged up in a tough northern environment - rubbish. She was brought up in the lap of luxury: elocution lessons, dance lessons, private school.'
Mr Derbyshire, a retired director of several companies, added: 'I was working away a lot, sometimes at weekends.
'When I went home I just wanted peace and quiet. I used to talk to them reasonably when they did something wrong, not shout and rave at them as she says. I wasn't all cuddly and that sort of thing, but I was loving in the sense I provided for them and worked very, very hard to give them everything.'
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