Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville is undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid nodule from her neck.
The 60-year-old host revealed on Monday that she was alerted to a lump on her neck by a viewer years ago, but it turned out to be benign.
However, recent tests revealed it had turned cancerous and she needs surgery for its removal.
Norville said she will make a speedy recovery and will not need chemotherapy or radiation therapy, but she will be off the show for some time.
‘We live in a world of ‘see something, say something,’ and I’m really glad we do,’ Norville said.
‘A long time ago, an Inside Edition viewer reached out to say she’d seen something on my neck. It was a lump.
‘For years, it was nothing. Until recently, it was something.
‘The doctor says it’s a very localized form of cancer, which tomorrow I’ll have surgery to have removed. There will be no chemo, I’m told no radiation, but I will have surgery and I’ll be away for a bit.’
Thyroid cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the thyroid gland, a small gland at the base of the neck that produces hormones.
Women are two to three times more likely to develop it than men.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer can include:
- a painless lump or swelling in the front of the neck
- swollen glands in the neck
- unexplained hoarseness that doesn’t get better after a few weeks
- a sore throat that doesn’t get better
- difficulty swallowing
Around nine in every 10 people are alive five years after diagnosis. Many of these are cured and will have a normal lifespan.
‘If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon and I thank you very much.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mia de Graaf