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NBC's Antonia Hylton, 30, reveals Today star's prompt led to her getting cancer diagnosis

The NBC News correspondent spoke about her cancer battle for the first time

Antonia Hylton on the Today Show
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Antonia Hylton appeared on the Third Hour of Today on November 30, where she opened up about her cancer diagnosis for the first time. 

The NBC News correspondent chatted to hosts Craig Melvin, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer, about her battle with a rare type of cancer, a neuroendocrine tumor. 

Antonia explained to the anchors that she had brushed off her symptoms for a while, which included constant stomach issues. 

Antonia Hylton spoke about her cancer diagnosis on the Today Show

She said that it was "easy for me to just write it off," at first, and put the issues down to her busy lifestyle on the road. 

She said that she would tell herself: "I travel, I'm on planes (and) maybe I don't have the best diet. But I love what I do, so it's worth it and I'm not going to let these symptoms hold me back." 

Antonia Hylton was diagnosed with cancer aged 30
Antonia Hylton was diagnosed with cancer aged 30

However, it was after watching Craig retelling the heartbreaking story of his brother Lawrence's death due to colon cancer, that prompted her to get herself seen by a doctor. 

She said that "something about that really stuck with me," along with watching a video of a woman on TikTok who had been diagnosed with colon cancer aged just 24. 

Craig Melvin's brother sadly passed away from colon cancer
Craig Melvin's brother sadly passed away from colon cancer

After worsening symptoms prompted her even further to see a doctor, Antonia was sent to get a colonoscopy, which led to her receiving an upsetting call on her 30th birthday from the doctor. 

She told the Today anchors that the screening test had found a polyp, which turned out to be a neuroendocrine tumor, a rare type of cancer that releases hormones into the bloodstream. 

Antonia has now been given the all-clear© Charley Gallay
Antonia has now been given the all-clear

Understandably, Antonia was "panicking," but luckily, due to it being caught early, it was able to be treated. "I had a series of procedures to remove tissue and screening tests to see if the cancer had spread. 

The NBC star has learnt to always prioritise her health © Jon Kopaloff
The NBC star has learnt to always prioritise her health

The last scan showed I'm all clear," she said. The 30-year-old has now learnt to pay more attention to her body and any changing symptoms. "I learned a really important lesson at 30 to listen to myself and to put myself first," she explained. 

"I love my job. I worked hard here at NBC, and I'm not going to stop doing that. But I've learned the lesson that I really need to put my health first and not push these things off."

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