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Thyroid Cancer is Rising in the USWeíre all buoyed by the news that overall cancer rates and deaths in the US are falling but certain cancers are actually on the rise. One is thyroid cancer which is expected to set a new US record this year.

Since the death rate has remained stable, the increase of new cases has been attributed to better awareness and diagnosis.

Luckily the vast majority of thyroid cancer cases are curable. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck just below the "Adamís Apple". And thatís where a small painless lump can appear for some people with thyroid cancer. Better detection of these lumps is one reason why more people are being diagnosed.

Other symptoms can include hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swallowing or breathing, swollen lymph nodes, and pain in the throat or neck. People with a higher risk for thyroid cancer include women, those over the age of forty, with a family history, and whose thyroid gland was exposed to radiation.

For example some of the largest increases in thyroid cancer are in areas with radioactive contamination such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, the current rise in US cases has no accepted explanation.

Besides better awareness and diagnosis, some believe environmental exposures and increased iodine intake are driving up the numbers.

They also blame endocrine disruptive chemicals found in such things as cosmetics, pesticides and plasticizers.

Surgery is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer and a new tool may help speed recovery. Researchers are testing the Harmonic Scalpel which cuts through tissue using very small, very fast vibrations and stops bleeding as it cuts out the cancer.

The new procedure is cheaper, safer and less painful. Everything any patient would want. Itís a timely development for a cancer on the rise.

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that comprise the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. The NCI maintains a very comprehensive web page with information about every aspect of thyroid cancer.
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MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news. Their web page about thyroid cancer provide excellent and up to date information in a manner that is easy to understand with extensive links.
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The Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association created and maintains a website using thyroid cancer survivors. Since October 1995, they have been developing a network of services that link thyroid cancer survivors and health care professionals around the world.
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For a published review of the use of the harmonic scalpel for thyroid cancer surgery please go here.

For a brief description of the harmonic scalpel please go here.


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