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Sofia Vergara kept her cancer a secret for 11 years – here’s why

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Sofia Vergara was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 28, in 2000. She immediately started treatment (radiation, surgery and a round of medication) to combat the disease and was able to overcome it, though she still takes medication daily to regulate her metabolism.The America’s Got Talent judge now openly talks about her struggle (she most recently spoke at the Stand Up To Cancer charity telethon), but she only went public with her battle 11 years after her diagnosis, in 2011, and it was for a specific reason.

SEE: Sofia Vergara talks devastating health diagnosis in heartfelt speechWATCH: Sofia Vergara stuns in figure-hugging sequin dress"I didn't want publicity because of it," she told Health. "Having cancer is not fun.

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