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It’s January: What Do You Know About the Health of Your Thyroid?

Much like a toddler, the thyroid is something that is little but has extreme power over you. Located in the front of your lower neck, this tiny gland is responsible for producing hormones that act throughout the body, controlling metabolism, growth and development.

Typically, unless problems are present, folks don’t give much thought to this integral part of the endocrine system, which is why January has become Thyroid Awareness Month.

What is the Condition of Your Thyroid?

Thyroid glands can develop all sorts of issues, including cancer. Four types of thyroid cancer exist: papillary carcinoma, follicular carcinoma, medullary carcinoma, and anaplastic carcinoma. Each have their own levels of severity, and their symptoms typically include:

  • Neck pain
  • Hoarseness or change in your voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lump on your thyroid gland
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Coughing and coughing up blood
  • Loud breathing
  • Shortness of breath

Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

Unfortunately, you can’t tame a thyroid the way you can a toddler with naps and snacks. Thyroid cancer typically involves extensive treatment that can cause miserable temporary side effects which can make working impossible. The treatment for this type of cancer includes:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery to remove the thyroid gland
  • Radioactive iodine therapy

Getting Social Security Benefits

Social Security disability benefits may be available to those with certain types of thyroid cancer. These benefits can help you make ends meet while undergoing treatment and experiencing the symptoms of the cancer.

The legal professionals of Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. may be able to help you receive the Social Security benefits you need. Contact us today to learn how we have helped many patients in the Morris Plains area get the benefits they deserved.


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