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September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
According to the National Cancer Institute 37,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. Early detection is key to a good prognosis. Do you know how to do a "thyroid neck check"?
By: Elaine Savard
The thyroid gland, part of the endocrine system, is located in the neck just below the Adam’s apple, between the voice box and the top of the breast bone. Presenting with symptoms of a swelling or lump in the neck, hoarseness or change in voice, enlarged lymph nodes, or difficulty swallowing, thyroid cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute will be diagnosed in about 37,000 new patients each year in the U.S.
Thyroid cancer can occur in any age group and affect both male and females. Statistics show that it is most common after the age of 30 and women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer.
The facts show that the number of thyroid cancer cases are on the rise. It is yet to be proven if this is due to the improved detection methods such as ultrasound and CT scans or if it is actually an increase due to environmental factors.
Early detection and treatment are the key to a good prognosis and survival of this cancer. Know your body, watch for changes and have annual physical examination. As women are told to do self breast examinations, so should we all be doing “self neck checks”. At the website http://www.papillarythyroidcancerguide.com/
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