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Did a Viewer Spot This TV Reporter's Cancer?

Did a Viewer Spot This TV Reporter's Cancer?”

Investigative journalist Victoria Price who works with WFLA News in Tampa Bay in the United States realised she had a tumour. While tirelessly covering the coronavirus pandemic for the past few months, Price neglected to completely prioritize her own health - and was jarred back to reality when a viewer of one of her live news hits pointed out something deadly.

"Hi. Just saw your news report".

A commenter noted that the lump on Price's neck was not easy to see and asked for tips on how to detect one. Please have our thyroid checked.

"Reminds me of my neck", the viewer added. As it turned out, she had thyroid cancer, and likely caught it in time. "Take care of yourself", the viewer wrote.

Price says she had been working hard to cover the Covid-19 outbreak in Tampa, revealing the virus had distracted her from her own health. She also informed viewers that she won't be on-air for a while following surgery.

She said in the interview that she emailed the viewer this past week to thank her but hadn't heard back.

The post said that a thyroid cancer survivor emailed her last month alerting Price that her lump resembled the one she had before being diagnosed.

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Dr. Dennis Kraus, vice chairman of otolaryngology at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY, said that a lump like Price's would usually be found either during an exam at a doctor's office or in an ultrasound or another kind of scan seeking other medical issues. After the surgery she will get her CT Scan and biopsy done to ensure it hasn't spread more and if all goes well, she said she'll join work in a week.

She continued: "As a journalist, it's been full throttle since the pandemic began. It's a scary and humbling thought", wrote Price.

"'8 On Your Side' isn't just a catchphrase at @wfla", she wrote on Instagram, referring to the station's call sign number and slogan. Never-ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle. She said that she will have surgery on Monday to remove her thyroid, the tumour, and some lymph nodes.

"I will forever be thankful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger", Price said. She had zero obligation to, but she did anyway. "It's a scary and humbling thought", Price continued on Twitter. What concerned me is the lump on your neck. Talk about being on your side, huh? She ended her statement saying, "The world is a tough place these days". Take care of each other.

It's not the first time a thyroid problem has been spotted after a sufferer made an appearance on television.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States, there are about 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer - with an estimate of 40,170 in women and 12,720 in men.



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