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A PHOTO BY ALLEN BEREZOVSKY/GETTY IMAGES double threat of acting chops and stunning looks have made Sofia Vergara a leading lady in Hollywood. Try not to be charmed by her charisma; it's impossible. The Colombian-born actress and model can be serious, however: One of her public roles involves speaking out about a disease whose aftereffects she manages every day. In 2000, Vergara-almost a decade before landing her laugh-out-loud role as spitfi re Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family-was given a serious, real-life diagnosis: thyroid cancer. The butterfly-shaped gland at the base of her neck would have to be removed. Vergara, now 44, couldn't believe the news. "I was in shock," she recalled to The New York Times. "I was 28 and I wasn't smoking. I wasn't doing many things that are unhealthy." Such a scenario isn't unusual. R. Michael Tuttle, MD, a medical adviser for the Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, says little is known about what causes cancer (and other disorders) of the thyroid, a vital endocrine gland. Its job is to secrete hormones necessary for regulating temperature, heart rate, mood and metabolism, among other things. It is, as Tuttle explains, "your body's speedometer." Fortunately, for the 20 million Americans believed to have some form of thyroid disease, most issues are highly treatable with medication and, where cancer is concerned, surgery. Consider the vivacious Emmy-nominated bombshell as proof. "If you know what to do and fi nd the right care," Vergara told Parade magazine, "you can live a normal life." WINTE R 2016 11

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