Rachael Ray Denies Having Throat Cancer Scare

Rachael Ray Denies Having Throat Cancer Scare
Rachael Ray
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10/03/2008 AT 03:40 PM EDT

Rachael Ray is shooting down reports that she had a throat cancer scare and is about to be silenced for two months by surgery.

The bubbly Emmy winning talk show host is having surgery – but it's not as serious as reports suggest, according to her rep.

"Rachael is the picture of health. She is having very minor surgery to remove a benign cyst on her vocal cord," says Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Ray. "It's a common in-and-out procedure that she will have in early December and it will not adversely effect any of her daytime show or Food Network tapings."

The National Enquirer had reported that Ray, 40, was scared she had throat cancer, which required surgery that would prevent her from speaking for about two months and would disrput her work schedule.

Although, she will have to rest her voice for a week or so after the procedure, the ailment hasn't slowed down the busy TV star.

"She's totally fine. It's just something she needs to take care of. She hasn't been feeling ill," says a source.

In 2006, Ray told PEOPLE that she's had issues with her voice for ages. "I lose my voice a lot," she said at the time. "I had a lot of croup as a kid so I don't have the strongest vocal cords to begin with. I went to a voice doctor [who] taught me exercises for my throat and to cut back a little on the caffeine."

Ray is currently in Italy celebrating her third wedding anniversary with husband John Cusimano, family and friends.

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