Let’s Talk Thyroid: As Many as 50% of Individuals Go Undiagnosed
June Is Thyroid Awareness Month in Canada

Are you familiar with the small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of your neck just below the Adam’s apple, that plays a huge role in your body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin?

It is known as the thyroid gland and the hormones it secretes are essential to all growth and metabolism and it is vitally important to the body’s overall well-being. Recent studies indicate that thyroid disorders affect one in ten people in Canada and are five to seven times more common in women.

Thyroid disease takes on many forms, including nodules and Thyroid Cancer and can be devastating for those affected. As many as 50% of individuals go undiagnosed. Signs and symptoms can fall under Hypothyroidism; dry skin, goiter, depression, fatigue, sensitivity to cold and weak slow heart beat, and Hyperthyroidism; weight loss, anxiety, rapid forceful heartbeat, fatigue, depression, tremor and eye changes.

Mabel Miller, President of the Thyroid Foundation of Canada has been involved with the organization for many years and reminds Thyroid patients that they are not alone in their journey. “The more people that share their stories with others and have candid conversations with their doctors, the more we all can do to further support and educate each other and continue to raise awareness about Thyroid disease.”

By working closely with the medical community and raising funds for thyroid research, we hope to better manage and diagnose so that patients can be treated early, and get their life back to normal. Knowing the symptoms and risk factors are a must and are important to raising awareness about Thyroid disease. This is one tangible action that individuals can take during awareness month this June.

About the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.
The Thyroid Foundation of Canada is a non-profit registered volunteer organization whose mission is to support thyroid patients across Canada through awareness, education, and research. Funds to support the programs of the foundation come mainly through membership and donations.

For Further Information Contact:
Katherine Keen
Administrative Assistant
Thyroid Foundation of Canada
Email: k.keen@thyroid.ca/