Most people know little about their thyroid, if they’re aware of it at all, and are clueless about the many health problems that can affect it. Thanks to celebrities such as Robert Ebert (who died in 2013 after a long bout with salivary and thyroid cancer) and Sophia Vergara, thyroid cancer is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. What does this mean for you? Well, here are a few tidbits that are important and, even if they don’t affect you, they will at least keep you in the conversation if one of your peers brings it up.
1 – Thyroid cancer is on the rise. In fact, the likelihood of getting diagnosed with thyroid cancer has increased by 274% since 1997. However, diagnosis doesn’t equal incidence. More likely, it’s due to the fact that people are becoming cognizant of its existence that it is being found.
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