Thursday, February 16, 2012

Did any of you know about this?

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?

Gee, I just had my mammogram. Wish I'd known.


June M. said...

I did not know that this was the fastest growing cancer for women. I had a Thyroid Cancer scare in my twenties when the I went in for a respiratory infection and they found a growth on my thyroid. Over the next month or so, I had to have all kinds of tests done to try to find out what it was, and each one came back pointing to cancer. Finally they did a biopsy (with a small needle) and it came back as just fluid filled cysts (multiple ones on both sides). I wish they had just skipped all the other things including ultrasounds, nuclear studies, etc and just did the biopsy. Much easier and faster. I did find out though that GENERALLY even if you have thyroid cancer, it can be successfully treated and removed. I do think they should use any precautionary devices that are available all the time though. That is what they are for after all.

Tory Richards said...

You would think knowing about the risks they wouldn't put us at risk by NOT using the proper protective gear when testing us. Shame on them! It's not up to the person doing the test to make our choices for us.

I'm glad all you had were cysts. And I agree with you, would have been easier if they'd just did the biopsy first!