0910 GMT August 10, 2020
according to the Mirror, Victoria Price, a news anchor for WFLA in Tampa Bay, Florida, the US, revealed that she had cancer in a statement shared to Twitter.
She wrote: “‘8 on Your Side’ isn't just a catchphrase at WFLA. It's our cornerstone. But the roles recently reversed when I found a viewer on MY side, and I couldn't be more grateful.”
In the statement, Price explained that she has been busy working “full throttle” since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, which has included “never-ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle”.
“We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind,” she wrote. “Until a viewer emailed me last month.
“She saw a lump on my neck. Said it reminded her of her own. Hers was cancer. Turns out, mine is too.”
“Doctor said it’s spreading, but not too much, and we’re hopeful this will be my first and last procedure,” she wrote.
Along with her statement, Price shared a screenshot of the email she received from the viewer, who expressed their concern over the “lump on your neck” and encouraged the reporter to have her thyroid checked.
"Hi, just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck," the viewer's email read. "Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself."
“Had I never received that email, I never would have called my doctor,” Price wrote. “The cancer would have continued to spread. It’s a scary and humbling thought.”
The reporter also expressed the gratitude she feels to the concerned viewer, explaining that she will be “forever thankful to that woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger”.
“The world is a tough place these days,” Price concluded. “Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Take care of each other.”
Price also shared a photo of herself, in which her neck can be seen protruding slightly, which she explained in another tweet is because the tumor is pressing on her thyroid.
This is not the first time a viewer’s advice has helped a TV personality.
In 2013, HGTV host Tarek El Moussa of Flip or Flop followed the advice of one viewer who noticed he had a lump on his neck and suggested to producers he get it checked out.
After seeking medical advice, the reality show host found out that he also had thyroid cancer and began receiving the necessary treatment.
And in 2019, Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville also underwent surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid nodule from her neck after it was spotted by viewers.