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05/10/2017 12:46 pm ET

'Shark Tank' Star Daymond John Reveals He Was Diagnosed With Cancer

“I want to share this with people because that’s what success is, it’s staying in your family’s lives."

Daymond John is using his thyroid cancer scare to emphasize a different kind of success.

During Wednesday’s episode of “Good Morning America,” the FUBU founder and “Shark Tank” star revealed to host Robin Roberts that he discovered he had stage 2 thyroid cancer last year.

“I had an extensive physical and they discovered there was a nodule on my thyroid,” he told Roberts. “They removed it and it was stage 2 cancer on my thyroid ... I didn’t skip a beat. When I got some early detection and I understood that I had a challenge and if I attack it now, then I wouldn’t let it attack me. I had that removed. I didn’t miss anything, I was out partying and dancing two days later.”

John said that he still has half of his thyroid and is continuing to take necessary preventative measures.

“I’m absolutely great,” he said. “I have to monitor it for the rest of my life. I have another half of my thyroid still in. In the event that it comes back I’ll be able to fight it. Thyroid cancer is a very slow-growing cancer.”

As he continues to keep tabs on his wellness, the entrepreneur and author wants his journey to serve as an example for others to be proactive with their health ― particularly as it pertains to family members.

“I want to share this with people because that’s what success is, it’s staying in your family’s lives, it’s being around, and that’s what success is,” he said. “I have three beautiful daughters and I want to be here to walk them down the aisle, I want to be there to protect them, I want to be there for them to keep yelling at me and ignoring me.”

“And this is how it happens, by going out, getting mammograms, colonoscopies ... and all the things to find out what’s going on,” John continued. “Because you can prevent this and you can stay around in your family’s life. We need each other.”

Check out more of Daymond John’s inspirational health journey in the clip above.

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