Tuesday, March 22, 2011

On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and a mammogram. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during a mammogram. By coincidence, a friend had her yearly mammogram yesterday. She felt a little silly, but asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. She asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if she hadn't seen the show, how would she have known to ask?
I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

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