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Thyroid Cancer Is On The Rise: Caution!

Updated on March 15, 2012
If you are overweight, you increase your risk for thyroid cancer by 20%; if obese, by over 50%
If you are overweight, you increase your risk for thyroid cancer by 20%; if obese, by over 50%

Thyroid Cancer: Obesity, X-rays, Better Screening & Diet

Thyroid cancer is on the rise and researchers are baffled by the cause, according to an article recently published in USA Today.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the disease has increased over the years by 6.5%, now making it the fastest increasing cancer, according to Dr. Tod Huntley, with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Indianapolis.

Thyroid cancer normally strikes more women than men and the increase in the number of cases may be due to better screenings. However, some researchers feel that obesity comes into play as well as increased exposure to radiation (dental x-rays), and not eating enough fruits and vegetables, says Huntley.

If you have any symptoms of thyroid cancer, get to your health-care provider immediately.
If you have any symptoms of thyroid cancer, get to your health-care provider immediately.

Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms...

The symptoms of thyroid cancer include a lump in the throat, difficulty swallowing, a change in voice--or the feeling that something is in the throat. If you have any of these symptoms, get to your health-care provider.

And here's the good news: The five-year survival rate for thyroid cancer is 97%!

Know the risk before having dental x-rays as part of your regular checkup.
Know the risk before having dental x-rays as part of your regular checkup.

Dental X-Rays: Info YOU Need To Know!

Here's some shocking news when it comes to dental x-rays, published in the journal Acta Oncologica. In a study, it was found that those who had up to four dental x-rays, were at double the risk of developing thyroid cancer than those who had never had a dental x-ray. The more dental x-rays you've had, the greater the increase. If you've had ten or more X-rays, for example, your risk is more than five times greater than someone who has not had x-rays.

Protect yourself! Experts advise that you do NOT have x-rays as the result of a routine dental checkup, but rather only when there is a clinical need to do so.

Also, always ask for a protective lead thyroid collar when having dental x-rays, to go along with the protective lead vest that's used to cover the body.

And finally: Eat more fruits and vegetables and if you're over-weight, think about dieting!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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