Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

  • Thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer among both men and women.
  • September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month and more than 52,000 people will be newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer this year in the United States. Survivors and others are urging all to “Find it Early” because thyroid cancer is usually treatable when detected early.
  • As Tracy Ramsey, Family Nurse Practitioner at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital puts it: “Thyroid cancer is very treatable.” While thyroid cancer appears to be occurring with more frequency within the general population, that doesn’t seem to be true in Lawrence County, according to Ramsey. “I don’t feel that thyroid cancer has become a trend in Lawrence County,” she said. “People are getting more education and are more aware of signs and symptoms.”
  • Treatment for the disease depends upon the severity, according to Ramsey. There are multiple ways to go about it. “Treatment could consist of the removal of the thyroid,” she said. “Or it could consist of chemotherapy, radiation or just medications.”
  • For more information, call Lawrence County Memorial Hospital at (618) 943-1000 or click here!