Today is World Thyroid Day.
Did you know the butterfly shaped glad had it's own day? Well I did, but I have become a bit of an expert when it comes to the thyroid. Having had Thyroid Cancer for nearly two years I have made it my mission to know as much as I can. You can read my story here on my blog, you can google thyroid cancer or you can ask around but let me save you some time and tell you a few things you likely don't know.
FACT: The fastest growing cancer among women is Thyroid Cancer
FACT: Many patients, especially in the early stages of thyroid cancer, do not experience symptoms.
FACT: The symptoms can mask themselves as common issues such as a cold. The symptoms included: a lump or nodule in the front of the neck, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and pain in the throat or neck.
FACT: Thyroid Cancer is only one of many issues people struggle with when it comes to their thyroid. I blog specifically about Thyroid Cancer and the resulting Hypothyroidism but here is the whole list, click to read more about each one:
I want you to check your neck today! Then make it a part of your regular medical routine. When you "feel your boobies" remember to also check your neck!
Here are the simple steps to check your neck:
1.) Stand in front of a mirror, so that you can see your neck without any obstruction. Take off scarves, neckties, turtlenecks, so your view of your neck area is clear.
2.) Stretch your neck back, chin toward the ceiling.
3.) With your neck still stretched back, drink a glass of water.
4.) Check your neck, looking for any enlargement in the thyroid area.
5.) Feel the area around the thyroid to see if you can detect any enlargement, bumps or lumps.
6.) If a problem is detected, see a doctor
PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO MAKE YOURSELF AWARE
THEN, CHECK YOUR NECK