Seattle Anchor, Who Considered Skipping Checkup Due to Pandemic, Learns She Has Thyroid Cancer

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

KOMO anchor Molly Shen almost missed her annual checkup because of Covid-19 concerns.

But she went—and the Seattle anchor’s doctor noticed a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer.

“A personal note to let you know that I’m going to be off the air for a few weeks. At a recent checkup, my doctor noticed some swelling above my collarbone. Despite looking at myself in mirror daily, I hadn’t noticed it. This led to blood tests, an ultrasound, a biopsy, a CT scan and a diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer. If you are one of the many people who has had thyroid cancer, you know it is very treatable. An even better word—it’s highly curable. I had surgery yesterday, and all went well! I’m down a thyroid and a bunch of lymph nodes, but I’m already on my way to recovery,” Shen wrote.

Many people have stayed away from doctors offices these past few months due to the pandemic.

“The Washington Hospital Association recently said they’ve seen a dramatic drop-off in clinic visits because people are anxious about exposure to coronavirus. I get it. I thought about delaying my annual exam. But I knew my doctor’s office was taking every precaution. It’s a safe place. So I went to my appointment, and my OBGYN spotted something that concerned her,” she wrote.

Shen is recovering in the hospital, and is taking time off from work for now.