Thyroid Cancer

 Thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer in women. However, there are precautions women can make to possibly prevent this. According to Dr. OZ, the increase in thyroid cancer could possibly be linked to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms.

 

Don’t think that thyroid cancer is something you might get when older. Click here for an example of an 18yr & 31yr old dealing with thyroid cancer. Doctors at the Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass state that most patients they see are young. According to the National Cancer Institute, “thyroid cancer is more common in women under 45”.

 

What you can do to be proactive in protecting yourself:

  1. Next time you get a mammogram, ask for the “thyroid guard”

 Also, Parents, make sure your children’s exposure to radiation via x-rays is limited since the thyroid gland and all cells in the body are especially sensitive during childhood.

 

What you can do to be proactive in protecting yourself and your family (especially children in general to x-ray radiation):

  1. At the dentist’s office, make sure, or ask that the “flap” on the apron is lifted up and wrapped around your neck.
  2. Make sure you express any concerns about X-ray safety to the radiographer or radiologist
  3. If your child needs an x-ray, do anything you can to make sure they stay still. You do not want repeat exposures because of blurred images which would be usable for a diagnosis.
  4. Make sure body parts that do not need to be x-rayed are shielded.
  5. Parents, try to be in the room with your child to make sure they are being shielded. I say this because I remember a radiologist, during an x-ray for dental care, that did not protect me from the radiation as a child of 8ish? I remember the tech getting frustrated with the protective jacket that kept falling off of me, so for the last x-ray(s)(?), she said something about the radiation being so low, and I would be fine. As a small child, I put my trust in this adult, as most children do. Now, I cringe to think of the radiation exposure to my chest, thyroid, and body. I don’t think it is usual that parents are invited back into the x-ray room which means that parents have to be proactive/pushy and ask if they can be present.

 

Information like this is important for all women and families to know. Please pass along this information. Everyone should be proactive with thyroid care as the thyroid regulates heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight gain/loss. Thanks to Judy for passing the Dr.Oz information about thyroid cancer to us wisemommies! I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

Another resource, National Cancer Institute

Photo Credit x – ray image by Sandor Kacso from Fotolia.com

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