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HGTV Star Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer After Viewer Sent Him a Letter About Lump on His Neck

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HGTV Star Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer After Viewer Sent Him a Letter About Lump on His Neck

HGTV Star Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer After Viewer Sent Him a Letter About Lump on His Neck


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Tarek El Moussa hosts the reality show Flip or Flop along with his wife Christina. In June 2013, he received a letter in the mail from a viewer that urged him to get checked for lump on his neck she had recognized while watching the show. Turns out that letter could have saved his life.

El Moussa explained to People magazine, he had also noticed the lump and had it checked prior to the receiving the letter. Doctors told him it was nothing of concern so El Moussa thought nothing of it. He admitted when he received this piece of mail, he felt he needed to get a second opinion.

After getting checked out by another doctor, El Moussa found out he had thyroid cancer. Even worse, the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. El Moussa underwent radioactive iodine therapy. This form of treatment meant he and his wife and daughter, Taylor, had to be isolated from each other due to the risk of exposing radiation.

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He told People magazine in 2013, “They stay in a different bedroom, and I can’t stay with my daughter for more than a few minutes at a time. She wanted to hug me and watch TV every night and give kisses, and we couldn’t do that.”

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Thankfully, El Moussa, 34, is now in remission after his treatment. He and his wife just welcomed a baby boy in September named Brayden James.

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