Thyroid cancer survival rates are at nearly 100% when detected in stage I or II.
This is one of the reasons that it is critical to perform this simple at home test. It will take you less than five minutes and could potentially save your life.
Thyroid cancer and disorders have become more and more common over the recent decades, many believe it is due to the onslaught of toxins and chemicals we introduce into our systems via our environment, the food we eat, and products we use on our bodies. The thyroid is a tiny butterfly shaped gland located in the base of the neck with a huge job, it produces a hormone that affects literally every cell in our bodies! According to EndocrineWeb the thyroid gland is responsible for regulating:
- Heart rate
- Central and peripheral nervous systems
- Body weight
- Muscle strength
- Menstrual cycles
- Body temperature
- Cholesterol levels
- Much more!
To learn a little bit more watch this short TedxTalk that explains why it is so important to check your thyroid, and how to do it. If you want to go straight to the self-test it begins at about 5:30.
How To Do A Thyroid Self-Test
Things you will need: Glass of water, and a mirror!
Grab your water and your mirror and set it up so that you have a clear view of your throat.
Tilt your head back to accentuate the thyroid making it easier to see during this test
Take some water and swallow it while watching your throat. You will need to do this a few times. Look for any asymmetry, swelling, or lumps/nodules that may appear as you swallow.
If you are still a little unclear feel free to watch this video explaining the 3 steps we just went over.