Thyroid cancer is on the rise with some calling it an invisible epidemic. And thyroid cancer has a higher occurrence in women. Great! But why is this cancer on the rise faster than other types of cancer? While some experts claim better detection, Mayo Clinic is linking the thyroid cancer increase to the increased exposure to radiation. The nuclear power reactors release Iodine-131, a radio-active type of iodine and your thyroid needs iodine to function, but radio-active iodine causes cancer. The highest rates of thyroid cancer in the United States, according to federal statistics, are found in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, states with the densest concentration of reactors in the nation.
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For those who have survived either thyroid or breast cancer, the chances of developing the other cancer is increased. Not exactly good news, but this is a risk you need to be aware of.
And if you have thyroid cancer and are being treated for DTC (differentiated thyroid carcinoma) you need to be aware of the drug “Sorafenib”, which has significantly higher rates of common adverse events compared to other cancer patients. You can read the full report below: