About Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer occurs when cells of the thyroid gland grow uncontrollably to form tumors that can invade the tissues of the neck, spread to the surrounding lymph nodes, or to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body. The most common types of thyroid cancer include: Papillary, Follicular, Anaplastic, and Medullary cancer.
A rare cancer which is 2-3 times more common in women than in men.
The main risk factors of thyroid cancers are:
- Radiation: It is common in people who had radiotherapy treatment around the neck area at an early age.
- Family history: Family members with thyroid cancer are at a higher risk of developing the cancer themselves.
- Inherited genes: People with a bowel condition called FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis) have an increased cancer risk.
- Weight and height: According to studies, people who are overweight and who are tall have higher chances of getting the disease.
- Diet low in iodine: A diet low in iodine can increase the risk of Follicular and Papillary cancer.
Common symptoms of thyroid cancer include:
- Lump at the bottom of the neck or in other parts of the neck
- Change in the voice (hoarseness)
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Tracheal or esophageal compression- such as shortness of breath
- At times reddening of the face
- Biopsy: Cells from the suspicious area are removed and looked under the microscope. Usually, this test is done after blood tests and ultrasound.
- Imaging test: This is usually done to help find suspicious areas that might be cancerous, to learn how far cancer has spread and to help determine if the treatment is working or not.
- Ultrasound: This test helps conclude if a thyroid nodule is solid or filled with fluid (solid nodules are likely to be cancerous.) It can also be used to confirm the number and size of the thyroid nodules.
- Chest X-ray: Helps find out if the cancer has spread to the lungs or not.
As most cases of thyroid cancers are sporadic and not associated with any risk factors, there is usually no method to prevent the development of thyroid cancer. However, you can avoid:
- Radiation exposures (avoid unwanted imaging tests)
- Increase the intake of iodine rich foods like fish, eggs, dairy products
- If there is a family history of thyroid cancer than other members should be screened on a regular basis.
Cancer Healer therapy is one of the most promising treatments available for Thyroid cancer. The therapy works by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight cancer and prevents the cancer from re-appearing. The medicines bring marked improvement even in the last stages. Treatment is available for all types of cancer and can be used in conjunction with other traditional therapies like Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy overcoming there side effects like hair loss, damage to normal cells, bone loss etc.