Despite thyroid disease prevalence, most people do not perform thyroid self-checks. In honor of January’s Thyroid Awareness…
Despite thyroid disease prevalence, most people do not perform thyroid self-checks. In honor of January’s Thyroid Awareness Month, Paloma Health, a virtual medical practice specializing in treating hypothyroidism, launches the #ThyroidChecked campaign to raise awareness for thyroid conditions and how simple tests can help change and even save lives.
The importance of the thyroid gland
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. It produces hormones regulating the body’s metabolism. If the thyroid produces too much, or too little hormones, it can create problems with fatigue, mood, weight, fertility, and most critical systems.
Here are the facts:
- Over 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition and as many as half are unaware.
- Women are up to 8 times more likely to develop a thyroid disorder.
- Undiagnosed thyroid disease creates a risk for serious conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and infertility.
- Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer in women ages 20 to 34.
A simple test can change lives
Paloma Health conducted a nationwide survey of hypothyroid patients. Results found that 1 out of 3 waited more than 3 years to get their diagnosis and 85% don’t know how to perform a thyroid self-exam for thyroid lumps or enlargements, which put them at risk for thyroid cancer.
- Stand in front of mirror to see neck.
- Tilt your neck back
- Swallow a sip of water.
- Look for lumps as you swallow.
- Feel for bumps or enlargements.
The #ThyroidChecked campaign urges women to check their thyroids with several initiatives throughout the month:
- A unique Instagram filter, using butterflies, the international thyroid symbol, shows how easy and important it is to check one’s thyroid.
- A thyroid hub where women can learn more about thyroid disorders, download thyroid guides, and learn how to do an at-home self-exam.
- Paloma will donate a free at-home blood test kit for each kit sold on its website. This test kit provides a clear diagnosis of under or overactive thyroid or Hashimoto’s disease.