Life-Saving Potato Chip Leads Washington Woman to Discover Throat Cancer: It 'Was a Blessing in Disguise'

04/14/2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

A Washington woman's life may have been saved thanks to her love of potato chips.

For almost 20 years, Kristine Moore has eaten Ruffles potato chips with her lunch daily. In February, a sharp piece of a chip poked the Marysville woman's tonsil, KIRO 7 reports.

When Moore's husband looked into her throat, he told her that her tonsils looked swollen and "had some stuff" on them, so she went to the doctor the next day.

After ruling out strep throat, the doctor took a biopsy and the results came back abnormal. Further tests confirmed that she had a cancerous tumor on her left tonsil.



Moore's doctors told CNN that if it weren't for the chip, she may not have felt the tumor until her cancer progressed.

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Kristine Moore


"The potato chip was a blessing in disguise. I probably wouldn’t have found out for another year," she said.

Thanks to her love of Ruffles, her cancer was caught early. When caught early, this type of cancer reportedly has a cure rate of up to 80 percent.

Moore said she believes smoking, a habit she has now given up, may have caused her cancer.

Her potato chip habit, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere. She said she would keep eating Ruffles "until I can't eat them anymore."
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