My mission is to spread thyroid cancer awareness. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is located in the lower front of the neck. Its job is to produce hormones that help the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working properly. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 56,000 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2017. It is one of the few cancers that has increased in its incidence rate in recent years, with nearly 3 out of 4 cases found in women. Thyroid cancer occurs more frequently in younger patients with about 65 percent of cases occurring in people under the age of 55. If caught early, thyroid cancer is curable. How can you spot it? By getting a neck check.
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