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"SYTYCD" judge Mary Murphy announces she's now cancer-free

February 23, 2011 Mary Murphy

"So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mary Murphy is now cancer-free. The shrill-voiced choreographer shared the good news she received, saying her doctor cleared her from thyroid cancer after undergoing surgery to remove it.

Although the tumor was discovered on 52-year-old ballroom dance champ thyroid three years ago, it wasn't until December 15 last year that the doctors removed it.

"I just wanted to kiss my doctor! I definitely feel like there's an angel on my shoulder. I feel like somebody's looking out for me," she told Life & Style.

It took her three years to have an operation because she was so consumed with her work. But the threat that she might not be able to use her voice again made her finally schedule an interview.

She said, "I'm very grateful because I'm so upset at myself that I didn't go in earlier. They told me that the tumor had to come out and there's a chance I might not be able to talk again. Outside of the word 'cancer,' I really couldn't imagine my life without hearing myself laugh."

Murphy will be returning to the Fox talent show this summer after temporarily leaving the program last season.

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