HGTV's 'Beachfront Bargain Hunt' Leads to Life-Saving Diagnosis

Viewers tune in to HGTV for the design, remodeling and house hunting. For Dr. Erich Voigt, flipping through the channels lead to helping with a life-saving diagnosis. Voigt, a New York-based ear, nose and throat surgeon from NYU Langone Health, was watching a couple house hunting in Morehead City, N.C. on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt when he noticed something alarming. The woman featured on the show had a bump on her neck which he recognized as a potential symptom of Thyroid cancer.

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Morehead City, North Carolina bridge

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Voigt turned to social media to find the woman to share his concerns. He posted a clip from the show that quickly got shared on Facebook, and soon he identified the woman, Nicole McGuinness, of Havelock, North Carolina.

McGuinness, a brain cancer survivor, called her doctors to undergo further testing and was soon diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and began undergoing treatment.

Read more about McGuinness on ABC News and watch her meet Dr. Voigt on Good Morning America.

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