A FLORIDA TV reporter was diagnosed with cancer after an eagle-eyed viewer alerted her to get a lump on her neck checked.
WFLA investigative reporter Victoria Price took to Twitter on Thursday to share “a bit of personal news.”
She wrote: “Turns out, I have cancer.
“And I owe it to one of our wonderful @WFLA viewers for bringing it to my attention.
“I’ll be off work for a bit after tomorrow, but I’ll see y’all soon.”
Price, who works in Tampa Bay, revealed in an Instagram post that she will have surgery on Monday, despite coronavirus creating “diagnostic delays.”
The tumor, her thyroid, and some nearby lymph nodes will be removed during the procedure.
“Doctor says it’s spreading, but not too much, and we’re hopeful this will be my first and last procedure,” she wrote, alongside a photo of her pointing to a somewhat visible lump on her neck.
The email that pushed her to seek treatment, read: “Hi, just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck.
“Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself.”
She noticed the email after one of her live broadcasts.
Price admitted that it was her boyfriend who forced her to contact her primary care physician to set up an appointment.
She explained: ‘”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.
“I will forever be grateful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger. She had zero obligation to, but she did anyway.”
Responding to a social media who made a comment on how the lump is difficult to spot, Price agreed it was “not the easiest to see.”
She shared a screen shot of her speaking in a news report and said: “It’s not super obvious unless you know what to look for.”
Price’s doctor told her the tumor is located inside her thyroid and is pushing the glands up and out – causing the “subtle protrusion.”
Commenting to another Twitter user, Price said chemotherapy isn’t needed as of now.
Price also detailed her cancer diagnosis story on WFLA’s website.
As she recalled all the scary questions she could ask the doctor, she questioned: “What’s the game plan?”
“That’s how it happens in a newsroom. Chaos ensues. We take care of it. We move on,” Price wrote.
“So, as a reporter I immediately had to dig in. Just how common is this pesky disease, anyway?”
She continued: “According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 52,890 new thyroid cancer cases have been diagnosed in 2020. Of those, the vast majority (roughly 75 percent) were women.