Nothing sells unnecessary medical tests and treatments like fear. And when it comes to fear, nothing… and I mean NOTHING… works better than the “C” word.
See what I mean? We don’t even like to THINK about the word, so we abbreviate it. Some folks will even whisper it when they dare to speak it aloud.
So when a doctor says the word “cancer,” he has your instant attention.
Now, I’m not going to downplay it. Cancer is the nation’s number two cause of death, which is WHY we fear it.
But it’s also why it’s so easy to exploit and manipulate for profit too. And new research reveals one more way you may be hooked with the “C” word to give in to a thyroid test you probably don’t need.
They make a few extra bucks. You get to live through the most stressful week of your life.
But it’s high time to make some changes.
The truth about thyroid scans
The funny thing about cancer is that the MORE you find, the LESS deadly they are in many cases. Weird, right?
Most folks tend to think every early-stage tumor is a killer waiting to happen. In reality, many of them NEVER would’ve hurt you. In fact, many of us may have tumors that come and go before they’re ever detected with no adverse effects.
But the treatments? THOSE can wreck you.
It’s a pattern we’re seeing with thyroid cancer in recent years. Increased testing has led to the discovery of more tumors and then more treatments. But studies show many of those treatments likely WEREN’T necessary.
Instead of saving lives, some of them have left patients battling a lifetime of side effects, including hormone problems. And the new study shows one key reason for it. Many docs are ordering screenings when they shouldn’t.
Up to one-third of all thyroid ultrasound screenings are ordered for reasons NOT supported by the evidence or even the guidelines. And in some cases, that sets folks up for unneeded surgery.
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Make sure any cancer screening that’s ordered for you, including a thyroid screening, is done for a good reason backed by clinical guidelines.
Of course, there may still be a time when you may need to be screened, tested, and even treated with surgery. (Check out these 6 surprising signs your thyroid is in trouble.) But you should continue to stay on top of your situation and be extra-careful about the thyroid surgery.
In most cases, they will want to remove the thyroid. The whole shebang. Which sounds like a good idea. If there’s a sign of cancer in the thyroid, pluck that rotten thing out. But there’s a massive downside to making that move.
No thyroid means no thyroid hormones are being produced by your body. And that means either taking the drug Synthroid or the more natural option Armour to replace those missing hormones. And you’ll have to do that for the rest of your life.
More recent studies find that in many cases, doctors DON’T have to remove the whole thyroid. The tumor is often encased in what’s called its “capsule.” If the cancer cells have not broken out of that capsule, it can be safely removed while leaving most of the rest of the thyroid intact and fully functional.
Ask your surgeon if he offers that option when appropriate. If not, get a second opinion before you commit.