Cancer Prevention Month
Limit Your Exposure to Risk Factors
Risk Factors for Thyroid Cancer
For unclear reasons thyroid cancers (like almost all diseases of the thyroid) occur about 3 times more often in women than in men.
Thyroid cancer can occur at any age, but the risk peaks earlier for women (who are most often in their 40s or 50s when diagnosed) than for men (who are usually in their 60s or 70s).
Risk Factors for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Tobacco and alcohol use are among the strongest risk factors for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers.
Ask Your Physician for a Cancer Screening
A cancer screening is a non-invasive procedure. Your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening for you during your next dental check-up. It is quick and easy. Your primary care physician can easily perform a thyroid screening, which involves palpating (feeling) the neck for unusual lumps. If either medical care provider finds something concerning, they may refer you for follow-up care.
It’s recommended that you have an oral cancer screening, especially if you use tobacco or alcohol. Consider talking to your doctor about having a thyroid screening if you have a known family history of thyroid cancer, exposure to radiation, or if you are a woman between the ages of 20 and 55.
Asking your doctor the right questions throughout your cancer journey is essential for staying well informed and empowered.
World Cancer Day is February 4th
A global event that takes place every year on February 4th, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.