TV reporter discovers she has cancer after a viewer noticed a lump on her neck

Victoria Price wrote in a Twitter post Thursday that she will be undergoing surgery Monday to remove the tumor, her thyroid, and a few lymph nodes. Price is an investigative reporter for WFLA in Tampa.

The unexpected series of events began in June when a woman saw Price on air and noticed a suspicious lump on her neck. The woman immediately emailed her.

“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, placing the entire text in the email’s subject line.

In a story for WFLA’s website, Price said she didn’t know whether to panic or disregard the email.

“My lovingly-pushy boyfriend, who is well aware of my predisposition to shrugging things off and pretending I’m invincible, forced a phone into my hand and I called my primary care physician to schedule an appointment,” she wrote.

Her doctor agreed that was something was wrong and an ultrasound found a nodule growing on her thyroid. Price then saw cancer specialists at Tampa General Hospital and the viewer’s suspicions were confirmed: Price’s lump was thyroid cancer and it was spreading to her lymph nodes.

“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.”

After revealing the news, Price said she would be taking off a week from work to undergo surgery. She plans to have a CT scan and biopsy for other lymph nodes to ensure the cancer has not spread.

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

Price emailed the woman back to thank her for what she did, but has yet to receive a reply.

She ended her tweet by writing, “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.”

Sue Nicholls health: Coronation star’s ‘deadly form of cancer’ spotted by TV viewer

Sue Nicholls is a soap industry stalwart, having spent over 40 years of her life as the character of Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street. Her nuanced portrayal of Audrey has earned her numerous awards over the years. In fact, it is testament to Sue’s nuanced performance that she took home a British Soap Award for both Best Dramatic and Best Comedic performance.

Sue’s seasoned professionalism has earned a loyal fanbase and one attentive audience member repaid the favour.

Anna Bianconi-Moore – a nurse who had just returned home from a busy shift in the dermatology clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, spotted an alarming sign on Sue’s skin when watching the show one night.

Anna noticed an irregular-looking mole on Sue’s shoulder, which is one of the symptoms of skin cancer.

“I noticed it was irregular in shape and had at least three different colours that I could distinguish by standing close to the television,” Anna told Mail Online in 2012.

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While the dramatic events were unfolding, the mole grew a quarter of an inch, so Sue was referred to a skin cancer specialist who then decided the mole should be removed.

ITV at the time said: “Anna Bianconi-Moore was watching a scene in which Sue Nicholls – who plays Audrey Roberts – was in a sleeveless nightie when she noticed a mole on her shoulder. That mole turned out to be the most deadly form of skin cancer.

“Whilst millions watched the same scene in their living rooms at home, specialist skin care nurse Anna was able to diagnose the blemish as malignant melanoma after pausing the TV and taking a closer look.

“The 55 year old who’s from Suffolk then got in touch with the show to warn Sue to get the mole checked.

“This can happen anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the back in men and the legs in women,” says the NHS.

Melanomas are uncommon in areas that are protected from sun exposure, such as the buttocks and the scalp, notes the health body.

In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour, the health body explains.

It adds: “The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. Look out for a mole that gradually changes shape, size or colour.”