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Jennifer Grey thyroid cancer survivor
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Jennifer Grey thyroid cancer survivor

"Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey was diagnosed with thyroid cancer during a check-up prior to joining the cast of "Dancing with the Stars."

The actress saw a neurologist to address the neck problems she’d suffered in a 1980s car accident before she was given the all clear to dance again.

The surgeon noticed a lump while preparing Jennifer for spinal surgery and also operated to remove half of it . Grey underwent another surgery in December 2009 to remove the rest after learning it was cancerous.

Grey had noticed the lump four years before, but hadn’t considered it dangerous.
"I was so frightened of the surgery’ the actress told wonderwall.msn.com, “ I didn't want to even consider that it would be successful. And it was so successful, I proceeded to do everything else on my to-do list that I was afraid of, including doing [Dancing with the Stars].”

Speaking about her cancer diagnosis, Grey told Access Hollywood: "I don't consider myself in the same league as people who have had to go through chemotherapy."

Grey is now cancer-free and added in a UsMagazine interview that she was ‘so happy’ to be dancing again.

She was the winner of the 2010 "Dancing with the Stars."

Image:Jennifer Grey, 2010 © FS2/WENN.COM/SIPA

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