Nowadays, many people have to deal with thyroid problem and the main factor is that they are careless and they don’t pay much attention to the symptoms. Unfortunately, people like Sofia Vergara and Robert Ebert (who died in 2013 after a long bout with salivary and thyroid cancer) had to experience these problems in order for the people to start paying attention.
This is why in this article we will share some information with you so that you are prepared at any time.
1 – Thyroid cancer is on the rise.
According to some statistics made in 1997, the risk of getting diagnosed with thyroid cancer has increased by 274%. Moreover, the American Cancer Society claims that this disease is rare, but still almost 60,000 American people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014, and sadly, even 2,000 of them will be terminal.
Pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing this disease, but it can also affect men, women and children of all ages.
This is fairly newly discovered type of cancer which is why those who develop it don’t typically have a familial history of it.
2 – It’s not a “good cancer.” Don’t listen to people who say that, not even doctors.
Most of the doctors claim that if you going to have a cancer, this is the best type, but this is highly wrong and misleading. Even though it has a higher survival rate when caught early, those with the most common types have a five-year survival rate of 100%. That being said, it’s never lucky to have cancer.
The worst part of this type of cancer is that it can spread to the lymph nodes which requires an immediate surgery.
3 – Regular self-exams aren’t really plausible because the thyroid gland is typically difficult to feel.
In most of the cases, people discover cancer when they feel a bump on their neck. There are also some cases where people find a nodule which is pushing on the windpipe thus causing swelling. Others feel pressure on their neck as if someone was pushing on it or even choking them.
However, there are other symptoms that indicate thyroid cancer such as hoarce voice, throat pain and neck pain that lasts for a long period of time and swollen lymph nodes. However, most cases that are discovered are found simply by incident since there is no strict list of symptoms.
Make sure to consult your doctor the minute you experience difficulty swallowing or notice lumps on your neck. Even though this type of cancer is rare, it is not nonexistent for sure. Catch it on time in order to save your own life.