Did you know that about 1,950 people will die from thyroid cancer in 2015. ThyCa sponsors Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association educates the public about thyroid cancer, a cancer that has increased in incidence. The event focuses on the importance of early detection, treatment, lifelong monitoring, and the resources available for people with thyroid cancer and their families.
What is Thyroid cancer?
Thyroid cancer is a disease in which spreading cancerous cells are found in the tissues of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located at the base of the throat and its role is to create hormones that help the body to function normally. It is most commonly found in women than men. There are four main types such as, anaplastic, follicular, medullary and papillary.
• Family history
• Age (most cases people who are over 40, but this type of cancer can affect all age groups)
• Prior exposure to high levels of radiation
• Difficulty swallowing
• A lump or swelling in the neck
• Difficulty breathing or constant wheezing
• Pain in neck and sometimes in ears
Physicians are not sure to what the main cause of thyroid cancer is, and there is no way at the moment on how to prevent it. However, those who may be at risk, should go to their physician to get a Thyroid scan or nuclear medicine scan as soon as possible.
Treatments varies depending on the type and stage of that particular thyroid cancer. The most common treatments used for thyroid cancer are:
• Radioactive Iodine Treatment
• External beam radiation therapy
• Thyroid - stimulating hormone (SH) suppression therapy
Thyroid cancer does not occur until 20 years after you have been exposed to radiation or have done radiation treatment. Join us and ThyCa to spread the word and educate others today about Thyroid Cancer.