Watch the video of Deborah talking about how grateful she is of the observant viewer.
Video credit: Inside Edition
“Inside Edition” host, Deborah Norville will undergo cancer surgery and owes the life-saving diagnosis to the keen eyes of a viewer, who spotted a lump in her neck.
In a video, she revealed to her fans, explaining she is grateful for one fan in particular who watched out for her.
“We live in a world of see something, say something, and I’m really glad we do,” she said. “When you work on television, viewers comment on everything.”
She said that doctors will remove a cancerous thyroid nodule, which she has been monitoring for years since the unnamed fan brought it to her attention.
“For years, it was nothing,” Norville said. “Until recently it was something. The doctor says it’s a very localized form of cancer.”
“If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon,” she told her viewers. “And I thank you very much.”
The host, who joined “Inside Edition” in 1995, said colleague Diane McIrney will pitch in on the show while she seeks treatment.
“I thank you very much. I’ll be away for a bit,” said Norville, who did not specify how long she’d be away. “Until then, thanks for watching.”
She updated viewers with the news that her surgery went well.
Out of surgery. Everything went great. Here with my best friend ❤️ (posted by my assistant, Hannah… I am NOT on social media right now ?)
According to the American Cancer Society, ‘’a neck lump is just one of the signs of thyroid cancer. Other symptoms may include a hoarse voice, difficulty breathing and a cough that doesn’t seem to abate.’’
About 52,070 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer every year, with women nearly three times more likely to develop the disease as men.
It’s the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States, where diagnoses have tripled in the past three decades, the American Cancer Society notes. Some attribute the increase to thyroid ultrasounds, which can detect small thyroid nodules that might have been overlooked in the past.
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