Thyroid cancer affects many individuals, including these celebrities who have gone through Thyroid cancer under a spotlight.
Sofia Vergara, an actress most well known by her role on the Modern Family TV show, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the young age of 28 and was still very early in her career as an actress at that time in her life. Vergara was diagnosed and underwent surgery to have her thyroid gland removed in 2002. She has since been a public advocate for the thyroid drug she uses, Synthroid. She takes the thyroid drug to replace the hormones her body used to create on its own, without a thyroid gland, the drug provides the necessary hormones. Vergara says that in her case, she experienced no symptoms and discovered the thyroid cancer during a regular check-up, thankfully the illness was discovered early and was still reasonably easy to treat.
Rod Stewart, a British rock singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer during a routine CAT scan for a growth that had previously been thought to be benign. A biopsy then determined it to be a slow-growing papillary thyroid carcinoma, which also happens to be the most prevalent form of thyroid cancer and is very treatable. His surgery to have the tumor removed risked his singing voice, but eventually, he was able to continue a successful singing career without issue.
Katee Sackhoff, an actress most well-known by her role on the Battlestar Galactica TV show, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove her thyroid. She had to take the subsequent nine months off to ensure that she made a full and healthy recovery. She has said to be grateful that her form of thyroid cancer was so treatable and encourages people through her platform to obtain regular health checkups.
Brooke Burke-Charvet, co-host of Dancing With The Stars, announced in November 2012 that she had been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. After various tests and an aspiration needle biopsy, the diagnosis was confirmed and she underwent surgery to remove her thyroid. As co-host of Dancing With The Stars, Burke-Charvet was relieved that the surgery did not affect her voice. Additionally, similar to many other thyroid cancer survivors to have undergone this procedure, she will have to take thyroid hormones for the rest of her life.
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