At age 28, an actress gets a shocking diagnosis after “lumps” in her neck were written off.
“Doctors said it was nothing because I was young and I was probably just getting over a cold.”
Abi Phillips is a British actress and singer. When she found two lumps in her neck, she was told there was nothing to worry about. Now, she has been told she has cancer.
The former star of the long-running soap opera Hollyoaks was told she had thyroid cancer in April when she was 28. Her tumors had been ignored by doctors more than once.
In an Instagram post, the singer said, “The doctor sent me away after finding two lumps in my neck.”
“They told me it was nothing because I was young and that I was probably just getting over a cold or that my body was “fighting something off.””
Even though I wanted to hear that, I still wanted to check everything for my own peace of mind.”
Abi said that when she went to her appointment in early April, the doctor knew right away that something wasn’t right.
“I went to see a specialist, and as soon as she saw where my lumps were, she told me she was very worried and sent me for an urgent biopsy and scans,” she said.
“I never expected to hear that I have cancer.”
Two weeks later, she was going to a hospital to see a specialist.
“Right before Easter, the doctor sat me down and told me I had thyroid cancer and would need surgery and radiotherapy,” Abi said.
“At age 28, I never thought I’d hear that I have cancer.
“You never believe it will happen to you.”
Cancer Council NSW says that thyroid cancer happens when cells grow and divide in an abnormal way.
The condition can happen at any age, and it is the seventh most common type of cancer in 20- to 24-year-old Australian women.
Abi said that she wouldn’t have “taken things further by seeing a doctor” if she hadn’t seen Demi Jones’ post about her own fight with thyroid cancer.
“Her bumps were right where mine were,” she said.
Demi found a lump in her neck in May of last year, which is when she got the shocking news.
Seven months later, she got the all-clear and said, “I have no cancer!” I finished! I just got the results of a full-body scan, and there isn’t a single cancer cell left in my body.”
Abi posted two pictures of herself on social media on Tuesday. One was of her “before” her scans, and the other was of her “after” her biopsy.
“So, I took these pictures while laughing about how ridiculously dressed up I looked in the hospital before a show,” Abi said. “I had no idea that two weeks later, I would get the news that I did.”
By speaking out, she hopes to get everyone to go to the doctor if they notice something strange.
“Never just think it doesn’t matter.”
“Never just think it’s nothing if you find a lump or something strange on your body,” Abi said.
“Don’t let the doctor tell you that you’re fine and that you’re young.
“Always see a specialist if you can, and insist on tests even if it turns out to be nothing, because catching things early is important for a good prognosis.”
She also said, “By this time next week, I’ll be getting better after my surgery.”