SBS newsreader Anton Enus reveals his bowel cancer heartbreak

SBS newsreader Anton Enus has spoken about his struggles with bowel cancer in the past, in a bid to raise awareness of the disease.

And on Tuesday, the 58-year-old journalist revealed that while he may have survived the life-threatening disease, his sister wasn’t so lucky.

Anton received the ‘all-clear’ after two years of treatment, but his sister didn’t discover her cancer until it was too late.

'Her cancer was very similar to my own': SBS presenter Anton Enus has revealed his heartbreak over getting the 'all clear' from bowel cancer, only for his sister to die from the disease

‘Her cancer was very similar to my own’: SBS presenter Anton Enus has revealed his heartbreak over getting the ‘all clear’ from bowel cancer, only for his sister to die from the disease 

Anton told Yahoo! Lifestyle that his sister’s cancer was ‘very similar’ to his own, but she didn’t detect it early enough to receive effective treatment.

His sister wasn’t diagnosed until late April this year, by which time the symptoms had already manifested. She died in early July.

Anton said: ‘[Her cancer] was very, very similar to my own.’

Tragedy: Anton told Yahoo! Lifestyle that his sister's cancer was 'very similar' to his own, but she didn't detect it early enough to receive effective treatment. Pictured on April 27, 2014

Tragedy: Anton told Yahoo! Lifestyle that his sister’s cancer was ‘very similar’ to his own, but she didn’t detect it early enough to receive effective treatment. Pictured on April 27, 2014

Anton also spoke about the day he was diagnosed with bowel cancer back in 2016.

He had gone straight into the newsroom to deliver a live bulletin after his session with his gastroenterologist, only to be sent home by his executive producer. 

He then revealed he was hesitant to undergo the major surgery his doctors had suggested because he didn’t think it was necessary.

Anton’s doctor then told him bluntly the only alternative was ‘death’. 

Tough times: Anton also spoke about the day he was diagnosed with bowel cancer back in 2016. He had gone straight into the newsroom to deliver a live bulletin after his session with his gastroenterologist, only to be sent home by his executive producer

Tough times: Anton also spoke about the day he was diagnosed with bowel cancer back in 2016. He had gone straight into the newsroom to deliver a live bulletin after his session with his gastroenterologist, only to be sent home by his executive producer

‘It kind of just came at me like a tsunami,’ he recalled of the diagnosis. 

‘Walking out into the hospital corridor, it just hit me and I burst into tears. Fortunately I had my partner with me who could at least give me a hug and a shoulder to cry on.’

Anton has enjoyed a 20-year career working across multiple media platforms in Australia and South Africa.

A keen long-distance runner, he was also a founding member of the South African gay and lesbian sports movement in the 1980s. 

Fighting fit: Anton has enjoyed a 20-year career working across multiple media platforms in Australia and South Africa. A keen long-distance runner, he was also a founding member of the South African gay and lesbian sports movement in the 1980s

Fighting fit: Anton has enjoyed a 20-year career working across multiple media platforms in Australia and South Africa. A keen long-distance runner, he was also a founding member of the South African gay and lesbian sports movement in the 1980s

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