Shark Tank’s Daymond John Reveals Thyroid Cancer Battle

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Daymond John, best known for building the clothing empire, FUBU and now years later, starring as one of the sharks on ABC’s reality business pitch show, Shark Tank, has revealed that he suffered from Stage II thyroid cancer.

During an interview on Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 10, he shared that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year and has since undergone treatment.

“I had an extensive physical and they discovered there was a nodule on my thyroid,” the Shark Tank star, 48, told Robin Roberts. “They removed it and it was stage II cancer on my thyroid.”

The thyroid gland is below the thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple) in the front part of the neck. In most people, the thyroid cannot be seen or felt. It is butterfly shaped, with 2 lobes — the right lobe and the left lobe — joined by a narrow isthmus.

Many types of growths and tumors can develop in the thyroid gland. Most of these are benign (non-cancerous) but others are malignant (cancerous), which means they can spread into nearby tissues and to other parts of the body.

The father-of-three daughters said he was proactive about his health because of his children.

“I want to be there to walk them down the aisle,” he said. “…And this is how it happens, by going out and people getting mammograms, colonoscopies…and all the things to find out what’s going on. Because you can prevent this, and you can stay around in your family’s life.”

The main types of thyroid cancer are:

Differentiated (including papillary, follicular and Hṻrthle cell)
Medullary
Anaplastic (an aggressive undifferentiated tumor)

Most cancers are treated with removal of the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy), although small tumors that have not spread outside the thyroid gland may be treated by just removing the side of the thyroid containing the tumor (lobectomy). If lymph nodes are enlarged or show signs of cancer spread, they will be removed as well.

Through it all, John has kept a positive outlook and tried to keep up with all of his…