September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thyroid Cancer is one of the most survivable cancers, but early detection is vital for successful treatment. Since early thyroid cancer usually produces no symptoms, it is important to do self “neck checks.” Once the cancer begins to develop symptoms include: hoarseness, difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, nodule in the neck, and pain in the throat or neck.

Your thyroid helps regulate vital body functions such as:

  • Muscle strength
  • Weight
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Heart rate
  • Body temperate
  • Breathing

How to do a self “neck check” for Thyroid Cancer

  1. Locate your thyroid, which is between your collarbone and below your larynx.
  2. Focus on your thyroid area, tilt your head back, and swallow a drink of water.
  3. While looking at your neck in the mirror, check for any static or moving bumps.

If you have any unusual lumps or swelling in your neck, you need to make an appointment with your in-network doctor right away. Find a provider.

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