More than 12% of the US population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime. While the thyroid gland is small, it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue, and organ in the body.

What you should know about thyroid cancer:

  1. Thyroid cancer affects people of all ages
  2. Both women and men get thyroid cancer – more than two-thirds of those who are diagnosed are women.
  3. A simple neck check done by a medical professional can detect a thyroid nodule.
  4. Thyroid cancer has many variables and types; treatment is tailored by an individual’s thyroid variables and type.

Below are a few questions to ask your doctor about thyroid health: 

  1. What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? 
  2. What is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)?
  3. How is my TSH measured and what are my target numbers?

If you have questions about radiation therapy or other treatment options for thyroid cancer, the staff at Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute would love to speak with you. You can contact us by completing our online form or calling our office directly. Our experienced oncologists and staff members look forward to hearing from you soon.

Be sure to check your neck! The diagram below shows how to perform a simple thyroid self-exam.