Monday, January 24, 2011

Check Your Neck!

Happy Thyroid Awareness Month!

While thyroid disease is not something happy, early prevention of the disease is!  January is the designated month, so everyone stop what you are doing right now, and CHECK YOUR NECK! It literally takes 5 seconds - Just put your head back, and feel around for any abnormal lumps or unusual "enlarged glands." 

Your Thyroid is at the base of your neck, by the middle of your "clavicle" but you could have a lump anywhere.  Remember, I found mine up near my chin on the right side.

While I had cancer, many suffer from Hypo/Hyperthyroidism.  Now that I have no Thyroid I am forever Hypothyroid, and have to counter that with medication.  Here are some signs that you could have it. 

Facts about Thryoid cancer:

Thyroid Cancer is growing seven times faster than Breast Cancer

Thyroid Cancer is growing six times faster than Prostate Cancer

Thyroid Cancer is growind five times faster than Testicular Cancer

Famous Celebs who battled Thyroid Cancer:

Sofia Vergara from Modern Family
Catherine Bell From Army Wives

Roger Ebert

Katee Sackhoff from "24", "Battlestar Galactaca"

Happy Hunting!


Taylor and James said...

okay great I feel like I have 3 or 4 bumps. now I am all freaked out. James is going to be mad about this post cause he thinks I am a hypochondriac (and I totally am) and he hates when I read stuff like this cause I always think I have it.

But it's better to be safe than sorry! I am glad you have survived and glad you are raising awareness. How did you ever find it the first time?

rebecca said...

done and done.

i didnt know you had cancer? you are so freaking tough. go you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I checked and I think I'm safe... but at least now I know how to check. Also I don't think I knew you had a blog. But now I do. So now you're part of my blog addiction.

Laurel & Bruce said...

I like useful helpful posts!! Especially about health awareness. I checked and I think I'm good!
Glad you are too ! Xo aunt laurel