An Important Message
- Love Island star Demi Jones, 21, shared with fans that a lump on her neck might be thyroid cancer, and she will go through surgery to have it removed as a preventative measure.
- Initially Jones was told everything was fine, but she pushed for more tests to be done. Once receiving the news that the lump may be cancer, she encouraged everyone to always push for more answers and advocate for themselves during checkups.
- Thyroid cancer is a cancer of the thyroid gland, which is located at the base of the neck. The most common sign of the disease is a lump that appears on the neck.
In an emotional video, Jones shared on her Instagram story that she had visited her doctors in order to get a lump on her neck examined. Initially, her scan was scheduled to take place six months ago, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Once she was actually able to visit her doctor, she was initially was told the lump wasn’t anything to worry about and she was “in the clear.” However, Jones pushed for more tests since she inherently felt something was wrong with the lump. After more scans she was told the lump might be thyroid cancer, but it has yet to be confirmed.Read More
In the video, Jones broke down in tears about her experience hearing the news and her shock that the lump might be cancer. As a preventative measure, Jones says she’ll be having surgery to have the lump removed. “It was just a shock,” Jones said in tears. “You never think. I was just [sitting] there in this waiting room and it was just full of old people and I was the only young one there.”
Following the video, Jones shared a message to fans encouraging them to always get lumps and any other abnormalities checked out, especially if they feel like something is wrong. When it comes to prioritizing your health, it’s so important to be your own advocate and push for answers from your doctor. Even if you’re told that everything is fine, you ultimately know your body better than anyone, so never be afraid to push.
“At my scan they said ‘everything looks fine’ and went to send me on my way,” Jones wrote. “I challenged it and asked if they could do more, in which they said ‘oh well we can test the fluid if you want us to?’ Thank god I asked as it was the fluid that [came] back potentially cancerous. Always push!”
What is Thyroid Cancer?
Thyroid cancer is cancer of the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck. It’s still unclear what causes the disease, but the most common sign of thyroid cancer is a lump at the base of the neck. However, other symptoms of the disease can be mistaken for a common cold such as a hoarse voice, other changes in the voice that do not resolve themselves, difficulty swallowing or difficulty breathing. Even though these symptoms are similar to a cold, it’s important to notice if they are present even in the absence of a cold. That can be an extremely telling sign.
“Most people have no discrete symptoms — the majority of cases now are found incidentally,” Dr. Allen Ho, a head and neck surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, told SurvivorNet in a previous interview. “However, a sizeable number of people may first discover their cancer when they feel a bump on their neck.”
People can get thyroid cancer at any age, but about two in three cases occur in people between the ages of 20 and 55; three out of four of these cases are in women. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is typically diagnosed in people over 60. When it comes to risk factors, family history can play a role.