Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

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September is:


This month is the worldwide thyroid cancer awareness month.

It is good to be aware that:

  • thyroid cancer is a common form of cancer
  • most types of thyroid cancer can be treated very well if detected early, and
  • thyroid cancer can happen to anyone, but is most common in adult women.

It is important that thyroid cancer is detected early. One helpful tool developed by the American College of Endocrinology is the neck-check.

There are some signs to look out for:

  • lumps in your neck (which are benign in most cases)
  • lymph node swellings
  • fullness in the neck
  • voice changes, or
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing.

We recommend that you do the neck-check regularly. If you have any of the above signs, please visit your doctor. The neck-check only takes a minute, but can save your life (just as the proper, life-long follow-up if you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer).

More information about thyroid cancer:

How can you help raise thyroid awareness?

You can help raise thyroid cancer awareness by printing the information on this page as well as the information on the neck-check, and put them on notice boards in community centres, medical centres, pharmacies and other places where people might notice them.

ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association), an organisation for thyroid cancer survivors in the USA, also has plenty of useful information.


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