A reporter from Florida said she found out she had cancer after a viewer emailed her worried about a lump on her neck.
Victoria Price, a reporter with NBC’s WFLA-TV branch in Tampa, said the viewer emailed her last month and encouraged Price to see her doctor.
“As a journalist, it has been at full speed since the start of the pandemic. Endless changes in an endless information cycle. Adapting to remote workflows and in my case taking on a new investigative role, ”Price wrote on his social media pages Thursday. “We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the furthest thing from my mind.
The reporter shared the email she received from the viewer.
“Hi, I just saw your report. What worries me is the bump on your neck. Please get your thyroid checked, ”it read. “It reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself. “
Price said the lump on her neck was cancerous and was in the middle of her thyroid, pushing the gland up and out, causing a “subtle protrusion.” She will undergo surgery on Monday to remove the tumor, her thyroid and a few nearby lymph nodes.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and the stories that matter, delivered on weekday mornings.
“The doctor says it’s spreading, but not too much, and we hope this will be my first and last intervention,” she wrote. “If I had never received this email, I would never have called my doctor. The cancer is said to have continued to spread. It is a scary and humiliating thought.
Price ended her post by saying that she will “be forever grateful” to the viewer who emailed her.
“She had no obligation to do it, but she did it anyway. Talk about being on your side, huh? The world is a tough place these days. Remember to take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Love you all. and see you soon, ”she wrote.
Thyroid cancer, until recently, was the fastest growing cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. This is largely due to increased detection and “appears to be the result of using more sensitive diagnostic procedures” which may detect accidental small thyroid nodules that might not have been found in the past.
Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men, the organization said.
WFLA re-tweeted Price’s post on Twitter and said they were “sending all our love” and wished him a speedy recovery.
Several journalists sent the reporter edifying messages.
“Wow really ‘8 on your side’ @WFLA @WFLAVictoria sending you DC support,” tweeted Kellie Meyer, Nexstar Media Group Washington correspondent. “An incredible story. Thanks for sharing and you have this girl !! “
“Sorry to hear that, I wish you the best,” KLBK meteorologist Nick Kraynok tweeted. “I had cancer, with six weeks of chemo eight years ago, if you need anything or have any questions let me know!
WTVT reporter Haley Hinds called the viewer who e-mailed Price a “guardian angel.”
“What a blessing they are to have taken the time and care to reach out. Sending you lots of love for a successful procedure and speedy recovery, ”she tweeted.
Last year, “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her neck after a viewer spotted a lump on her neck.