September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, a time when those affected by the disease, researchers and others assess all that we know about thyroid cancer, and all that there is still to learn. From signs of thyroid cancer to treatment options, it’s important to keep yourself apprised of the latest research so that, should your life be touched by thyroid cancer, you can be more prepared to face the diagnosis head-on.
Here are five things you should know about thyroid cancer to protect yourself and your loved ones:
1. Rates are on the rise: According to the American Cancer Society, thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer in the country, with rates more than tripling in the last decade. While there are a number of factors that could contribute to that growth, among them better screening and testing techniques, more aggressive forms of the cancer are also becoming more prominent.
2. It is most common among young women: Because the cancer is less complex than some other forms, which may involve a number of genetic mutations, it’s often diagnosed earlier. Women are disproportionately affected, with only about a quarter of diagnoses in America in men.
3. The signs of thyroid cancer: While thyroid cancer is most commonly diagnosed after the presence of a lump, the vast majority of thyroid-related lumps are benign. Other signs of thyroid cancer include pain in the thyroid area, trouble swallowing and persistent hoarseness.
4. Survival rates are decreasing: Mortality rates vary depending on a number of circumstances, but survival is usually quite common, especially if the cancer is caught early; however, survival rates are lowering, as more advanced types of thyroid cancer become more common. Some researchers even theorize that environmental factors like pesticides could be contributing.
5. Some thyroid cancers require no treatment: Surgery is often indicated, but sometimes doctors may elect to take a wait-and-see approach. Typically, there are more than half-a-million people Americans living each year with thyroid cancer.
Where can you find financial help for thyroid cancer patients?
If you are or a loved one has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or any other cancer, then you have come to find out the indirect costs of cancer care and treatment can add up fast! If you have at least $75,000 of life insurance coverage, then you may qualify for the Living Benefit Loan Program.
Contact Life Credit to find out if you qualify to receive financial aid or a cancer loan to assist with the medical bills that come with thyroid cancer!