By Sandra Rose  | 

Shark Tank star Daymond John has stage 2 thyroid cancer. The 48-year-old businessman revealed his diagnosis to ABC anchor Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

John said a growth was removed from his thyroid gland, and doctors determined the growth was stage 2 cancer.

Stage 2 cancer means the cancer has spread into nearby tissue and may invade the lymph system and enter the bloodstream. But it has not spread to nearby organs.

John said he was out “partying and dancing” two days after having the cancerous tumor was removed.

Joh told Roberts he wanted to go public with his diagnosis to help others.

"I'm good and I want to share this with people because that's what success is. It's staying in your family's lives; it's being around."

Cause of Thyroid Cancer

The cause of thyroid cancer is unknown, but doctors believe genetics and/or environmental factors (food, water, etc.) may play a role. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped organ at the base of the throat below the adam's apple.

What Does the Thyroid Do?

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulates the metabolic rate and controls how fast you burn calories and gain or lose weight. Diseaes of the thyroid includes hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, goiter, thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

Some people with thyroid cancer show no signs or symptoms of the disease. Others may feel pain, swelling of the lymph nodes, and/or a small, hard nodule at the base of their neck.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the throat or neck
  • A cough that persists and is not caused by a cold
  • Always speak to your doctor if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.

    Thyroid nodules usually occur in adults, but they can affect anyone at any age. Most thyroid nodules are not cancerous.

    Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

    Treatment includes radiation therapy, medications such as hormones, and surgery to remove the nodules or part or all of the thyroid and lymph glands nearby.

    The prognosis for thyroid cancer is very good if caught early. People with papillary and follicular cancers have a more than 97% cure rate when treated early.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More Info On the Web

    Thyroid Cancer - American Cancer Society

    Thyroid Cancer - American Thyroid Association

    Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms and Signs - Cancer.Net


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    • MercifulLove

      Hope he can overcome this. Prayers lifted.

    • Roderick2011

      I wonder why they didn't just remove his thyroid?

      I have thyroid nodules and I have to have an ultrasound once a year and actually I have to do it next month.

      When I first found out that I had them I had a biopsy. After that I told them that I wanted my thyroid removed because the doctor who performed my biopsy was so clumsy and it hurt like hell.

    • Renee26

      So many typos...let me get my red pen! Lol

    • Keesh5000

      Jesus no! I pray right here and right now that the Lord heal this man in Jesus name.
      I had to have my thyroid removed. Thyroid Cancer is one of the worse and it can take you away quick

    • BacktolurkingIgo

      Praying for his healing. I love the sharks even Kevin.

    • Renee26

      When I was a little girl there was this old lady at my moms church who had a really big enlarged thyroid and I was terrified of going anywhere near her. I thought she was a monster and my mother couldn't convince me of anything I'm wondering why they couldn't help her condition after reading this.

    • Keesh5000

      I had to grab a red sharpie hunny....Thyroid problems causes Graves as well

    • CrunchyBlack1

      Get Well Soon!

    • Renee26

      Are they going to remove it after the fact?

    • Lovely1

      I had a coworker diagnosed with this at 30. She complained frequently of a knot at the base of her neck and laughed it off...She would point it out frequently in conversation tho. A few years later, I checked back in with her to learn she was having her thyroid removed due to cancer. Was painful watching her go through that, but she bounced back pretty normal after her throat healed. I remember specifically saying that she wasn't able to eat sushi because of the iodine levels, etc. Glad he's well.

    • jazzysmith12

      if you talking about that white man Jesus then he's going to surely die ,but if you talking about black Yashua Christ then he has hope.

    • Roderick2011

      Not unless they grow larger and then I believe I would have to have a biopsy to determine if they are cancerous.

    • Molly Church

      Hope all turns out well. He was on Wendy Williams a few weeks back & was happy about his engagement & new baby?

    • Lady Chatterley’s Lover

      I have nodules also. I don't think they are that uncommon. But, they become noticeable if enlarged. Sometimes like something stuck in your throat every time you swallow. Other times forget they are there.

    • Angela Winbush

      My Dad had thyroid cancer and had his thyroid removed. One month following his surgery I found a lump...the size of a golf ball attached to the right side of my thyroid and only had the right side of my thyroid gland surgically removed. This form of cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. My doctor's told me I developed the condition because of my genetics.

    • Roderick2011

      Yeah that is what prompted me to see an endocrinologist in the first place.

    • Kimberly Vontrese

      Santeria/IFA/Yoruba is the way to go.

    • Allergic2dumbstuff

      I too am a thyroid cancer survivor. I thank God everyday for having a Dr. who was is thorough.

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Blessings to him.

    • Faithz

      Wishing him the best with his treatments , and all.

    • Faithz

      Prayers going out.

    • dontgetblocked

      I'm praying for him but he needs to stop the partying and dedicate himself full-time to eating healthy and exercise.

    • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

      My God; muthafukkas telling you how to pray. God Bless you and I second your prayer for this man.

      Christ ....

    • Diva4lyfe

      Wish him the best and pray that he remain focus and take care of himself

    • Malcom Flex

      He'll be OK. If not his white babymama will be getting that money.

    • Maxima

      Can anyone say, Fukishima??? I think we will see much more incidences of thyroid cancer, esp. on the West Coast.

    • Rhondalousey

      Im glad you and your dad are doing good. Thus is scary for me, i have a lump that come and goes but that wouldn't be cancer, would it?

    • Jussjess25

      Praise God hes okay... cancer sucks

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    • datATLboi

      I'm definitely gonna pray for him

    • datATLboi

      HUH.....ain't this the founder and CEO of FUBU????!!!

    • Cici

      Maybe he can contact Hill Harper. He has supposedly beat it. Best of luck.

    • Ajavee

      Praying for Daymond John.

    • Quitedeliteful

      I hope he will be okay... With genetically modified food and pesticides on everything we eat it's a miracle that folks stay healthy at all...

    • YellowSauce

      wishing him a healthy RECOVERY

    • YellowSauce


    • Angela Winbush

      I'm not a doctor so don't take my opinion as Bible. But, from my experience my thyroid lump had developed over time. It became noticeable when I would lay my head back and a golf ball sized lump would come forth. I had multiple of biopsies...which is painful & irritating to say the least. The determining factor that made my doctor suggest the removal was my biopsy revealed A-atypical cells which develop into cancer cells. So, it was best to remove my lump. If I were you...I would seek out THE BEST Medical Thyroid Specialist in your area and get an exam. I wish you all the best!! But to answer your question my lump never went away.

    • Malcom Flex

      Yes that's Mr. FOR US BY US. For us for his white woman. He'll be 'aight if not his in-laws will be handling the money, I mean, concerned with his health.


      Bro looks great for 48..

    • Rhondalousey

      Thanks for your advice. I will go to another doctor this time. Im just scared of the painful biopsies down the throat. Im sensitive in that area lol. Love your screen name by the way.