The journalist said she does not need chemotherapy or radiation

By Julie Mazziotta
April 01, 2019 05:16 PM
Deborah Norville
Deborah Norville/Instagram

Television journalists (and women in particular) often get unsolicited comments about their looks — but in Deborah Norville’s case, they may have saved her life.

The Inside Edition host announced Monday that she will undergo surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid nodule that was brought to her attention by an eagle-eyed viewer.

Norville, 60, said the lump was initially non-cancerous.

“We live in a world of see something, say something, and I’m really glad we do,” she said in a video announcement. “When you work on television, viewers comment on everything. Your hair, your makeup, the dress you’re wearing. And a long time ago an Inside Edition viewer reached out to say she’d seen something on my neck. It was a lump. Well, I’d never noticed the thing, but I did have it checked out and the doctor said it was nothing, a thyroid nodule.”

Norville said that it has since morphed into cancer.

“For years, it was nothing. Until recently, it was something,” she said. “The doctor says it’s a very localized form of cancer, which tomorrow, I’ll have surgery to have remove. There will be no chemo, I’m told no radiation; but I will have surgery and I’ll be away for a bit, so Diane will be holding down the fort.”

The mom of three asked that people keep her in their thoughts tomorrow.

“If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon, and I thank you very much,” she said. “I’ll be away for a little bit, but I do hope you’ll tune in to Inside Edition every day. Until then, thanks for watching.”

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Norville recently refocused on her health and diet after a warning from her doctor, and lost around 30 lbs. in 2018.

“I have a family history of a lot of cardiac problems,” she told PEOPLE in November. “My big wake-up call was my blood pressure was up, and I was really angry about it, because I don’t eat a lot of garbage. But my doctor looked at me, and he said, ‘At a certain point you can’t escape your genetics.’ I said, ‘Well, my blood pressure wouldn’t be so high if I wasn’t so fat.’ So he said do something about it. Lose some weight.”

Norville completely cut out sugar from her diet and loaded up on fresh foods that are high in fiber, like squash and oatmeal. She lost the weight in about eight months and found that her blood pressure numbers are “definitely better.”

“I feel good,” she said.

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