Suzanne Somers reveals terrifying cancer misdiagnosis to ET

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Suzanne Somers Reveals Terrifying Cancer Misdiagnosis


Suzanne Somers beat cancer after being diagnosed in 2001, so one could imagine how horrified she was six years ago when doctors told her that her cancer was back. In the end, the diagnosis was false, but her health was still being threatened.

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LOS ANGELES - 1979: Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
THREE'S COMPANY - Cast Gallery - August 28, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
THREE'S COMPANY - Cast Gallery - August 28, 1978. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
THREE'S COMPANY - 'Snow Job' - Airdate: October 2, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1982: Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait in 1982 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 8: Suzanne Somers attends Three's Company Wrap Party on April 8, 1981 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during 'Dinner with Tiffany's' Lennox Hill Hospital Benefit - November 15, 1982 at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during Suzanne Somers Sighting at Spago in West Hollywood - April 2, 1988 at Spago in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Suzanne Somers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Alan Hamel and Suzanne Somers during Jackie Collins' 'Rock Star' Book Party at Tramp's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
STEP BY STEP - 'The Apartment' - Airdate: October 1, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 
Suzanne Somers during 18th Annual People's Choice Awards at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 533 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Suzanne Somers during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 13, 1994-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
STEP BY STEP - 'Beyond Therapy' - Airdate: November 11, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
STEP BY STEP - 'She Came in Through the Bedroom Window' - Airdate: March 17, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 
Suzanne Somers during National Humanitarian Conference Honors Robert Iger - November 9, 1995 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alan Hamel and Suzanne Somers during 'Victor/Victoria' Broadway Opening at Marquis Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait October 15, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Katz/Liaison)
Suzanne Somers during 2001 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Morton's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during Warren Cowan Named Mentor of the Year By Volunteers of America at Beverly Hitlon Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
 Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait for her new book 'Eat, Cheat, Melt the Fat Away' September 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jeff Katz/Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during 1998 Summer TCA Press Tour CBS Network at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during Museum of Television and Radio Gala - October 19, 1997 at Beverly Hills Museum in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 24: Actress Suzanne Somers poses at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during 2002 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter - Arrivals at Morton'’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by D. Kambouris/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers and guest during 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals at Mortons in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during 2003 Society of Singers ELLA Awards - Show at Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Suzanne Somers during Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala presented by Tiffany & Co. - Arrivals at Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JULY 16: Suzanne Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel, arrive at Bolzano's Bar Cucina for the opening night party for her new Broadway play 'The Blonde in the Thunderbird.', (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Suzanne Somers arrives at the Society of Singers 14th Annual Ella Award honoring Sir Elton John at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 10, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter - Arrivals at Morton's in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
COSTA MESA, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Suzanne Somers (R) and her husband television personality Alan Hamel arrive for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's celebration of its opening of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at The Center on September 15, 2006 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Suzanne Somers arrives at the 18th Annual Producer Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on January 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Suzanne Somers during Second Annual Quill Awards Gala - Arrivals at Museum of Natural History in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actress Suzanne Somers arrives at the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Suzanne Somers arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Suzanne Somers attends the UNICEF Ball honoring Jerry Weintraub at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 10, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Actress Suzanne Somers attends the party for the final broadcast of 'Larry King Live' at Spago on December 16, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: Actress Suzanne Somers arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 28: Suzanne Somers poses for Media during The Chaum Anti-aging Life Centre Opening Party at Chaum on October 28, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.The Chaum center opens today in Seoul, South Korea.The first of its kind venue is operated by CHA Health System, one of South Korea's most respected healthcare groups and a leader in modern science and medicine which aims to export the private healthcare/wellness model to the U.S in 2011. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Suzanne Somers attends the Tom Ford Flagship Store Opening Celebration at TOM FORD on February 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Actress Suzanne Somers walks the runway at the Heart Truth Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 10: Actress/Author Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel are seen on the Streets of Manhattan on January 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Alan Hamel and actress Suzanne Somers attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/VF12/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Actress Suzanne Somers visits SiriusXM Studio on September 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Actress Suzanne Somers attends the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Parker Palm Springs on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Suzanne Somers is seen in Hollywood on March 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Suzanne Somers is seen in Los Angeles on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JOCE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 25: Actress/author Suzanne Somers appears at a news conference announcing her residency, 'Suzanne Sizzles,' at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on March 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The one woman cabaret show is scheduled to debut on May 23. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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"I ended up in the hospital for six days with a misdiagnosis of cancer," Somers, 68, told ET. "When they read the CAT scan they said, 'You have cancer everywhere. You have a mass on your lung and it's covering your whole liver, and you have so many masses in your chest we can't count them, and they're all tumors, and you have a blood clot, and you have pneumonia.'"

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Somers found the news hard to believe due to her healthy lifestyle -- she eats all organic, exercises regularly and takes hormone replacement -- and she eventually discovered the true threat to her health.

She said she had been breathing in black mold hidden in a house that she and her husband Alan Hamel were renting.

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"When we went down to that room it was like Little Shop of Horrors," Somers said. "This leased house that we were living in -- there was an unfinished room downstairs where there was standing water and black mold. It was crawling up through the dry wall, like worms almost, into the air conditioning and heating ducts, and we were breathing it in for the four years. I got the fungus in my lung which can kill you."

She told ET that this experience help further fuel Somers' passion of helping people detoxify their lives. She includes many cleansing tips in her 25th book, Toxic: From Toxic to Not Sick. One suggestion? Try a three-day coconut oil cleanse.

"Virgin organic coconut oil, coconut oil is kind of magical," Somers said. "I don't sell it. I wish I did because I am so hot on it that I could probably make money. But it heals your intestines."

Somers also advises to get enough sleep.

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"I decided I would value sleep because up until that time, I'd go to bed at three o'clock and getting five hours of sleep maybe, which I now know is such a game changer and I value sleep," Somers said. "People say to me, 'Oh, it's so much work what you do.' I go, 'Yeah, but it's a lot more work to be sick.'"

However, this incredibly healthy lifestyle didn't help her this week's Dancing With the Stars competition. After a less-than-stellar performance during the Disney-themed night, the actress was eliminated.

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