Monday, April 4, 2011

**Warning for Thyroid Cancer**

I received this information via e-mail, but felt compelled to share it via my blog. 

If one person reads this post, then maybe it can change lives.  I sure do hope so. 


On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms. By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?


Now I know.  Now you know. 

Our health is really in our own hands. 


It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

~ Mahatma Gandhi


blueviolet said...

I saw that too, and I had NO idea!!!

Kayla said...

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Melissa said...

Oh wow, I had no idea! Thanks for filling us in.

Hmmm, sort of worried and wondering why in the world they don't offer that guard, ya know?

bananas. said...

good. to. know!!!

but uh...that nipple picture is tripping me out! lol.

georgia~gigi said...

Wow, that should be required! why wouldn't they think to offer that, wth? Thanks for the info, my mom is always talking about Dr. Oz :)
gi gi

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

good to know...i'll ask for it anytime i'm getting xrays! shesh! i read an article that said 1 in 3 women get cancer...uhhh hello! that sucks!

undomestic chica said...

Waoh! I go to the dentist soon so I'll make sure to protect myself!

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