Sofía Vergara reflects on her journey as a cancer survivor on Instagram
Sofía Vergara took advantage of World Cancer Day 2022 to open up about being a cancer survivor. On Feb. 4, the actor posted an old photo of himself taken shortly after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer more than 20 years ago. In the caption, Vergara explained how cancer “became part of my story” and how lucky she feels to be alive.
“At 28, ‘cancer’ wasn’t a word I expected to hear,” Vergara, 49, wrote of the doctor’s appointment when she first learned that she had thyroid cancer. “It was just a routine check-up. But the doctors found a lump in my throat and that word became part of my story. Following his diagnosis, Vergara began a long process of cancer treatment. “I spent countless hours in radiation therapy and eventually surgery,” she wrote. “Today I can call myself a cancer survivor.”
In the photo, Vergara has a scar on his thyroid, the small butterfly-shaped hormone-producing gland located on the lower front part of his neck. “It was my first acting class after diagnosis and treatment,” Vergara shared in the caption, “and seeing the scar on my throat reminds me how blessed I felt that day and every day since. “
Vergara said she felt “lucky and grateful to be able to share my story and say: early prevention is so important!!” the modern family star urged people to keep their routine medical appointments. “Schedule your annual check-up for this year if you haven’t already,” she wrote.
Doctors don’t understand what causes the majority of thyroid cancer cases, according to the Mayo Clinic, so they don’t know what people at average risk can do to prevent or reduce their risk of getting the disease. (For people at higher than average risk, due to certain inherited genetic mutations or living very near a nuclear power plant, preventative surgery or medication may be an option, according to the Mayo Clinic.) However, doctors are confident are improved to detect thyroid cancer early. Today, most cases are detected earlier than before, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), and can be treated successfully.