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    Thyroid Cancer Rates Are Rising For An Infuriating Reason

    The last four decades have witnessed an explosion of thyroid cancer diagnoses in the U.S. People are three times more likely to receive cancer diagnoses now than they were in 1975.

    Why? Is it chemicals in the water supply? A side effect of all those childhood vaccines? Or is it because a TV ad convinced people to ask their doctors to check their neck?

    But there are not more deaths reported due to thyroid cancer. So why is that?


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    bigjan asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    I just read a "reputable" article that states that many thyroid cancers are caused by "cellphone radiation".

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Interestingly, @Molly72, youngins often have little choice because, in truth, they are unable to do math in a timely manner, or recognise bills and coins except in a most abstract sense.

      I used to see so many 'signatures' as a printed capital letter followed by a straight line. With auto pay on the phone, they arent the slightest bit discomforted by their illiteracy.

      Yes, if a person is unable to write, despite their texting ability, that person is not literate.

      5 days ago
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      Using a cellphone while driving is unconscionable. Even using Bluetooth still results in some lack of attention to driving. And as a city dweller, I get very frustrated by idiots who stand at the top of the subway stairs and read their cellphones, or read them as they walk up or down crowded subway stairs and slow down everyone behind them. Pure selfishness.

      I love my cellphone AND read books, too, though it's true that since my phone addiction I've read fewer books.

      And cellphones are so useful when I'm late to meet someone or am sitting in a doctor's office and want some reassurance from someone to allay my anxiety, etc. Or if a driver is stranded somewhere. Or for parents who need to reach their kids, or kids reach their parents. Etc.

      Good and bad with every tech item available.

      5 days ago
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      Carool, You grew up without cell phones & from all your posts are intelligent, can converse in English, and actually enjoy reading books. I think texting is a lower form of literacy.
      geekling, same for you!
      All of us over a certain age can remember life without tech gadgets, we managed to survive, and I do admit they are handy for emergencies. But, that's not what we are talking about here, I'm talking dancing monkey photos while driving or walking on a crowded street!

      Perhaps cellphone over-usage causes brain damage in the young.

      4 days ago
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    Many young adult cancer survivors don’t receive follow-up care
    A new study of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors showed that many don’t receive follow-up care after treatment ends, even though it is important for long-term health. In particular, survivors in this age group are at higher risk for a range of late effects, including heart problems, infertility, and secondary cancers.

    In this study, the researchers examined the tumor registry at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to study anonymous data about patients diagnosed with cancer at the center. They chose to examine data from AYAs with the 5 most common types of cancer for this age group: leukemia/lymphoma, melanoma, germ cell tumors, thyroid cancer, and breast cancer. Then, they further divided the data into 2 groups by their date of diagnosis: 783 people diagnosed between 2005 and 2009 and 852 people diagnosed between 2010 and 2014.

    The analysis of the data showed that the most important element in whether an AYA survivor received follow-up care was the time since the person’s last cancer treatment. In the group diagnosed between 2005 and 2009, 48% had not had a follow-up visit in 2016. In the group diagnosed between 2010 and 2014, 33% had not had a follow-up visit in 2016. Further analysis showed that whether a person had health insurance was not a deciding factor. In the 2010-to-2014 group, more people without health insurance skipped a follow-up visit than those with health insurance (39% vs. 33%), but this was not statistically significant.

    What does this mean? Regular follow-up care can help AYA survivors manage late effects of treatment that may affect the length and quality of their lives.share on twitter This study suggests that the oncology community is doing a better job of getting more AYAs into follow-up care after treatment ends, but more work is still needed.

    “These patients have the potential to live a normal lifespan and we need to educate them to become their own advocates, so they may receive follow-up care on a regular basis. We hope they continue to receive that follow-up at an established cancer center that has the facilities to assess cardiac health and provide rehabilitation if needed. There are now established survivorship programs nationwide that can provide follow-up care for those who have completed treatment.”