Clare Balding’s warm and funny personality shines through in her sports coverage, which includes reporting from six olympic games and presenting BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Despite her positive energy, the presenter has been been through some dark times too.
In 2009, Clare announced she had thyroid cancer , revealing she had her thyroid gland removed and would undergo radioactive iodine treatment that same year.
In 2011, Clare gave an update BBC Radio 2’s French and Saunders programme, revealing she had been given the all-clear for thyroid cancer.
She told French and Saunders that she needed no more treatment since having a lymph node removed before Christmas.
Clare said: “I had to have a little operation just before Christmas to take out a nasty little lymph node and there was a worry that I might have to have more treatment.
But I had a lovely letter from my oncologist just after Christmas saying, ‘Hurrah, no more treatment’, so I’m very happy about that.”
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A painless lump or swelling in the front of the neck is a symptom of thyroid cancer – although only one in 20 neck lumps are cancer, notes the NHS.
Neck lumps are common and are more likely to be caused by a less serious condition, such as an enlarged thyroid (goitre).
How to tell a neck lump is cancerous
As the NHS points out, a neck lump is more likely to be cancer if it:
- Feels firm
- Does not move around easily…