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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."

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