To honor Thyroid Cancer Awareness, during the month of September there will be a new series, Thyroid Thursday, posted each week. Topics will include how to perform neck checks, what to know about thyroid cancer, and how to promote awareness.
Image courtesy of ThyCa (www.thyca.org)
On April 2, 2013 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. According to the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association and the American Cancer Society, approximately 60,220 people in the United States were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 (62,980 people will be diagnosed in 2014). I never expected to be part of that statistic at age 26. One month earlier, during my annual visit to my gynecologist, the doctor performed a complete physical as part of the routine visit. During a neck exam, he felt a lump on my thyroid. That discovery caught me off-guard; I had no particular symptoms and had been healthy. Nonetheless, my doctor recommended that I have blood taken, a neck ultrasound, and he referred me to an endocrinologist…. You can read my full story here.
Here are some informative links from ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. Please visit their website: http://www.thyca.org