Cancer is a scary word, but thyroid cancer is one of the most highly treatable forms of cancer. That being said, the five-year-survival rate for early papillary cancer, the most common type of thyroid cancer, is almost 100%, according to the American Cancer Society. So, obviously the key to survival is catching it early.
We can all learn from Brooke Burke-Charvet's experience, host of the popular Dancing with the Stars show. Because of her pre-existing thyroid issues she assumed a lump in her thyroid was the result of her prior Hashimoto’s issue, so she put off tests for almost 8 months, only to learn that she had the big C. Her procrastination was a mistake, because patients diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease have an increased risk of developing some form of thyroid cancer in their lifetime.
However, Burke-Charvet is very lucky. Not many people can put off cancer treatment for more than eight months and survive. We hear over and over, that if caught early most diseases are curable. Let this be a reminder to you…go get your physical, or go get that test that your doctor recommended. You may not be so lucky.
Thyroid Cancer and Dancing with the Stars
Why the hell didn’t I check this eight months ago when my doctor told me to? Too busy, I guess. This feels like an irresponsible, stupid and lame excuse - Brooke Burke-Charvet
A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research
Doctors do not know what causes most cases of thyroid cancer. However, scientists have observed that thyroid cancer affects women two to three times as often as men and occurs more frequently in whites than in blacks.
American Thyroid Clinic
Thyroid Cancer Specialist: Thousands of thyroid operations performed with more than 35 years experience.
Cancer Research UK
This section is about thyroid cancer. It includes symptoms and causes, tests for thyroid cancer, treatment, living with thyroid cancer, and current research.
Understanding treatment options, accessing new and innovative therapies through clinical trials, as well as understanding the role of supportive care and complementary and alternative medicine are essential.
There are about 20,000 new cases of thyroid cancer each year in the United States. Females are more likely to have thyroid cancer at a ratio of three to one. Thyroid cancer can occur in any age group, although it is most common after age 30 and its aggressiveness increases significantly in older patients.
Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer Institute
The Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer Institute of Beth Israel in New York, New York, collaborates with The Institute for Reconstruction Sciences in Medicine in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland, and the University Medical Center Freiburg, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Freiburg, Germany, by gathering data to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and care.
Hypoparathyroidism Association, Inc. is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with all forms of Hypoparathyroidism, a rare medical disorder, by maintaining a worldwide network of family support, and promoting public, as well as professional, awareness of this disorder through a quarterly newsletter and our website.
Light of Life Foundation
The mission of the Light of Life Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is to improve the quality of life of thyroid cancer patients through continual education of the lay public and the medical community, and by promoting research and development to improve thyroid cancer care.
At Memorial Sloan-Kettering, one of the leading centers in the world for the detection and treatment of thyroid cancer, a multidisciplinary team of experts work together to ensure an accurate diagnosis and the best care possible for each patient.
Mouth Cancer Foundation
The thyroid is a gland that makes and releases hormones. It is found at the base of your neck, at the front — just behind the small hollow where your collar bones meet. Thyroid cancer is quite a rare cancer. Only about 1,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK each year. Thyroid cancer is slightly more common in women than in men. We do not know why this is. Each year in the United States, thyroid cancer is diagnosed in 14,900 women and 4,600 men.
Thyroid cancer generally presents as a nodule, lump, or mass in the thyroid. Less commonly, a swollen gland or lymph node in the neck may be the initial manifestation of the disease.
National Cancer Institute
Information about thyroid cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy
National Foundation for Cancer Research
The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland at the front of our neck (beneath the larynx). Usually, thyroid cells grow and divide, as the body needs them. Sometimes, this process goes awry, leading to the buildup of extra cells. While this buildup of extra cells often forms a benign mass, or nodule, occasionally these lumps can become cancerous. Any new lumps on your thyroid should be brought to your doctor’s attention.
REACT Thyroid Foundation
REACT Thyroid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is dedicated to creating awareness for thyroid cancer and raising funds to support research for new treatment options and ultimately find a cure.
We are committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment.
The Christopher Murphy Foundation
The Christopher Murphy Foundation was created to raise money for head and neck cancer patients who need financial assistance with treatment. We hope to help some of the 40,000 individuals who are diagnosed with these cancers each year.
The journey that led to the creation of the foundation started in September 2007, when I was given the great opportunity to work for The Los Angeles Country Club...
Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association...support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends. We also sponsor Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, year-round awareness activities, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.
Thyroid Disease Manager
The annual incidence of thyroid cancer varies considerably in different registries, ranging from 1.2-2.6 per 100,000 individuals in men and from 2.0-3.8 per 100,000 in women (106,107). It is particularly elevated in Iceland and Hawaii, being nearly two times higher than in North European countries, Canada and the USA.
Thyroid Foundation of Canada
The Thyroid Foundation of Canada is a non-profit registered volunteer organzation whose mission is to support thyroid patients across Canada through awareness, education, and research.