Doctor watching TV spots ominous looking lump on woman's throat

"I noticed that she had a lump in her neck", Voigt recalls to ABC News.

With almost 20 years of experience as an ear nose and throat doctor and surgeon at New York University Langone Health, Dr Voigt immediately recognised the worrisome spot. Prior to this, Nicole has beat cancer before.

Voigt's post was viewed thousands of times, and eventually he reached Nicole McGuinness, 32, of Havelock.

Voigt lauded the "awesome power of Facebook and good people!" in a second post, after he connected with McGuinness and found out that she was getting treatment for Thyroid cancer. She was then tested by a local doctor and learned she had thyroid cancer.

McGuinness, who is already a brain cancer survivor, took Voigt's advice and went to the hospital, where she was later diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

McGuiness told GMA that though she herself does not have a Facebook page, she was alerted to the doctor's posting by her mother's friend. "She needs a sonogram and fine needle biopsy I wonder if she knows and hope it's benign". "And as a head and neck surgeon, I'm trained to sort of notice these things".

Dr Voigt, who has examined thousands of patients with similar symptoms, said the lump had a specific asymmetrical look and "way of moving under the skin" when she spoke that anxious him.

McGuiness is now undergoing the treatment for thyroid cancer and has plans to stay in contact with Voigt.

"It's just a miracle in my opinion that he happened to see this on TV", McGuinness told ABC News.

"So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you", Nicole told Dr Voigt. Five years ago, a nurse watching Flip or Flop got in touch with producers to relay a message to host Tarek El Moussa to get a lump on his throat examined.

Thyroid tumours are rarely cancerous, like hers, but even when they are, 98 percent are curable.

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