WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A TV news reporter in Florida discovered she has cancer after a concerned viewer alerted her of a lump on her neck.
- Victoria Price, a WFLA investigative reporter in Tampa said that she will be undergoing surgery to remove the tumor.
- The female viewer emailed Price immediately after she noticed the suspicious lump on TV.
A TV news reporter in Florida turned to Twitter on Thursday to share that she was diagnosed with cancer after a viewer alerted her about a symptom she was unaware of.
Victoria Price, a WFLA-TV investigative reporter, said in a tweet that as a journalist covering the “never-ending news cycle” of the coronavirus pandemic, she almost forgets about her own health.
In June, she received an email from one of her viewers, alerting her about a lump she noticed on Price’s neck. The unidentified viewer said it resembled one she’d had herself and which turned out to be cancer. Price shared a copy of the viewer’s email, advising her to get her thyroid checked.
Price wrote this on Twitter on Thursday: “Turns out, mine is too. COVID created some diagnostic delays but I’ll finally be undergoing surgery this Monday to remove the tumor, my thyroid, and a couple of the nearby lymph nodes. Doctor says it’s spreading, but not too much, and we’re hopeful this will be my first and last procedure.”
In a follow-up tweet, Price said the lump that the viewer noticed was the result of a tumor in the middle of her thyroid pushing the glands up and out. Chemotherapy is not yet needed at this stage, she added.
“Had I never received that email, I never would have called my doctor. The cancer would have continued to spread. It’s a scary and humbling thought,” she continued.
Price said she would be forever thankful to the viewer who reached out to her.
“The world is a tough place these days. Don’t forget to take care of yourself,” she concluded. “Take care of each other.”