Friday, February 5th at 10 a.m.
When is the last time you had a neck check?
It’s a simple way for your health care provider to check your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid gland controls the rate at which every part of the body works. It regulates metabolism and growth, and secretes several important hormones.
Problems with the thyroid can range from a relatively harmless enlargement of the gland to cancer. The most common issues, though, involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Sometimes the thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone and sometimes it produces too little. Both can cause symptoms that may be unpleasant. However, most of these issues can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.
Thyroid cancer tends to be rare, but it is still important that you know the warning signs. These include:
- Feeling exhausted or depressed
- A lump or swelling over your thyroid or elsewhere in your neck
- A persistent cough, without symptoms of a cold
- Hoarseness or other changes in your voice that are persistent
- Neck pain, especially in the front of your neck that can radiate up to your ears
- Swollen lymph nodes or neck
- Trouble breathing (it can feel like you are breathing through a straw)
- Difficult swallowing
To learn more about health issues related to your thyroid, how they are diagnosed and treated and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from thyroid cancer, watch our OU Medicine Chat with Dr. Nilesh Vasan this Friday, February 5th at 10 a.m.
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