Viewer Makes ‘Accurate’ Diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer in Television Newscaster
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
WFLA-TV news reporter Victoria Price is well experienced in offering local and national news to viewers in the Tampa, Florida, area. But what was most surprising to her was when she recently became the news. It seems an observant viewer sent Ms. Price an e-mail alerting her about a suspicious lump in her neck.
“Hi, I just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck,” the message from the stranger read. “Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself.”
Sure enough, Ms. Price had the lump checked out and was told she had thyroid cancer. On July 27, she underwent surgery to remove the cancerous neck tumor as well as her thyroid and local lymph nodes. Her doctors have reported she is doing well.
Oddly, this story is not unique. Newscasters Deborah Norville and Molly Shen were also alerted to the possibility of a thyroid tumor by a keen-eyed viewer.
Thyroid cancer is a rapidly increasing cancer in the United States, perhaps large due to increased detection. According to the American Thyroid Association, up to 60% of individuals with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. In addition, women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men, based on updates from the American Cancer Society; in 2020, an estimated 40,170 women are expected to be newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer, compared with 12,720 men.