'You realise your life could be gone in an instant': Dog The Bounty Hunter's wife Beth Chapman speaks candidly about her brave battle with throat cancer... to shed light on the disease and 'save lives'

Beth Chapman is not just fighting for her life, but the lives of others.

The 50-year-old wife of Duane Dog Chapman, of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame, spoke candidly about why she's hoping her valiant fight against stage two throat cancer will shed light on the disease and prompt others to take preventative action, in an interview with TooFab on Monday

The blonde beauty's health battle was chronicled in the two-hour A&E special Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, with cameras rolling for her numerous trips to the doctor's office, and during a 13-hour operation she underwent in hopes of removing the tumor.

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Courageous: Beth Chapman, the 50-year-old wife of Dog 'The Bounty Hunter' Chapman, says she's been open about her battle with cancer to help educate her fans on preventative tactics and shed light on the disease

Courageous: Beth Chapman, the 50-year-old wife of Dog 'The Bounty Hunter' Chapman, says she's been open about her battle with cancer to help educate her fans on preventative tactics and shed light on the disease

'It was a real reality check for me,' Beth told the website, adding that she sacrificed her own privacy for the sake - and safety - of viewers.

'I felt like to be an honest person, I'm going to share this with my fans as honestly as I can,' Beth said. 'Hopefully, one or two people will go and get early detection and their lives will be saved because of us.'

The mother-of-four said that the fight of her life has also had her feeling thankful for the good fortune she's experienced as a reality TV star, and the impact her show had on others during their own trying times.

'It puts a real reality on you that your life could be gone in an instant,' Beth said. 'You come to a place where you start to appreciate all of these fans that are watching your show while they're sitting there being pumped full of chemo, hoping for you to make them laugh, if only for a second.'

Happy couple: The reality star said: 'I felt like to be an honest person, I'm going to share this with my fans as honestly as I can,' Beth said. 'Hopefully, one or two people will go and get early detection and their lives will be saved because of us' (pictured with loving husband Dog in November)

Happy couple: The reality star said: 'I felt like to be an honest person, I'm going to share this with my fans as honestly as I can,' Beth said. 'Hopefully, one or two people will go and get early detection and their lives will be saved because of us' (pictured with loving husband Dog in November)

Inspiration:The mother-of-four said that the fight of her life has also had her feeling thankful for the good fortune she's experienced as a reality TV star, and the impact her show had on others during their own trying times

Inspiration:The mother-of-four said that the fight of her life has also had her feeling thankful for the good fortune she's experienced as a reality TV star, and the impact her show had on others during their own trying times

Dog, 64, said his wife had a selfless reaction upon receiving her diagnosis, immediately seeking to use her treatment journey as a vehicle to help and educate others.

'At the very beginning, once they told us, she was devastated, we all were, but she went, "Honey, we're gonna film this and we're gonna show everybody how to beat this,"' the TV bounty hunter said, noting that 'a lot of her fans have gone through this.'

Beth gave an example of such, referencing a visit she had with an eight-year-old girl battling leukemia.

Celebrity glitz:Dog, 64, said his wife had a selfless reaction upon receiving her diagnosis, immediately seeking to use her treatment journey as a vehicle to help and educate others

Celebrity glitz:Dog, 64, said his wife had a selfless reaction upon receiving her diagnosis, immediately seeking to use her treatment journey as a vehicle to help and educate others

'For her, it was encouraging to see someone like me,' she said. 'Not only did she see me on TV, but then she saw me show up on her doorstep when she was clearly at her sickest.

'It just means to much to people. You have to take a breath, you have to stop and smell the roses because life is precious and you can't mess around with your health.'

Dog added that Beth's visit gave the little girl confidence and determination that she would beat leukaemia, saying the child 'looked up at Beth, and Beth showed her battle wound and she said, "Beth you made it, I'm gonna make it."'

TV Fame: Beth shot to prominence alongside her husband on the A&E series Dog the Bounty Hunter

TV Fame: Beth shot to prominence alongside her husband on the A&E series Dog the Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife Beth seeks to save lives

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