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“Guardian Angel” Viewer Spots Cancerous Tumor In TV Reporter’s Neck

If a concerned viewer hadn’t gotten in touch about the lump in TV reporter Jessica Price’s neck, she says she’d never have called her doctor about the tumor that turned out to be thyroid cancer.

 

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Price, a reporter with NBC affiliate WFLA-TV in Tampa, got an email from a woman in June who’d observed the abnormal lump after watching Price on air.

The terse message was entered into the email’s the subject line:

“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 your self,” the woman wrote.

via Twitter/ @WFLAVictoria

At the urging of her “lovingly-pushy boyfriend,” Price called her primary care physician.

Price’s doctor agreed that something didn’t look right and after an ultrasound, found a nodule growing on her thyroid that was later confirmed as cancerous and spreading to her lymph nodes.

Price tweeted Thursday that she’d be undergoing surgery this week to remove the tumor, her thyroid, and affected lymph nodes.

She wrote in her post, “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,” Price wrote. “I will forever be thankful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger. She had zero obligation to, but she did anyway.”

Price went on to say, “Talk about being on your side, huh? The world is a tough place these days. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Love y’all and see you soon.”

via Twitter/ WFLAVictoria

Price said that since the pandemic began, she’d been working so much to cover “the most important health story in a century” that she neglected her own health and wellbeing.

“As a journalist, it’s been full throttle since the pandemic began. Never-ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle. Adjusting to remote workflows and in my case, taking on a new investigative role,” she wrote on social media, “We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind.”

According to the American Cancer Society, until recently, thyroid cancer was the most rapidly increasing cancer in the US. Women are at a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer compared to men.

Price’s employer retweeted her story to show support and wish her a quick recovery.

Other broadcast journalists reached out over social media to connect with Price, one even called the woman who sent the email a “guardian angel.”

Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca