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OTRC: Angie Everhart has thyroid cancer, needs surgery

Model and actress Angie Everhart, known for roles in films such as "Last Action Hero," is battling thyroid cancer.

The 43-year-old red-headed star, who is also a single mother of a 3-year-old son, plans to undergo surgery on Tuesday, May 14, her rep confirmed to OTRC.com.

"Word has been trickling out about supermodel/actress Angie Everhart's health. She wants to set the record straight by letting everyone know that it is true that she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, the prognosis is very good," the spokesperson told "Extra" on Monday.

"She will undergo surgery tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14) and expects to be back to work and to mommy duties in a few weeks," the rep added.

Everhart made no mention of her ailment on her Twitter page, which she updates frequently. She said on May 10, two days before Mother's Day: "I'm reflecting on my life these days... I have been sooo lucky, super happy, but nothing beats being a MOM!! I love you Kayden!!"

The thyroid is located in the base of the throat and is used to create hormones that regulate a person's metabolism and growth. Surgical removal of malignant cells or even the entire thyroid gland is a typical treatment option and is often the only one that is needed. Patients are then put on hormone replacement medication for life.

Other celebrities who have battled thyroid cancer include "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey, "Modern Family" bombshell Sofia Vergara and "Dancing With The Stars" co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, who underwent surgery on her thyroid gland last year. She said in December 2012 that medical tests showed she was cancer-free.

Everhart made her film debut in the 1993 movie "Last Action Hero," which stars ARnold Schwarzenegger, and went on to star on shows such as "3rd Rock From The Sun," "Caroline In The City" and "Happily Divorced." She also appeared in 2011 in the movie "Take Me Home Tonight" and recently shot a film titled "The Wedding Pact" with Haylie Duff.

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