Ottawa, ON – On Friday, June 8, the Honourable Diane Finley, MP for Haldimand-Norfolk, delivered a statement in the House of Commons recognizing June as Thyroid Disease Awareness Month.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ that is located near the base of the neck and is composed of two lobes. Its purpose is to secrete hormones that regulate your body’s growth and metabolism. It’s estimated that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by thyroid disease. Here in Canada approximately 4 out of 10 Canadians will contract thyroid disease, but only fifty percent will get properly diagnosed.
Of those diagnosed, some will be hyperthyroid or overactive, which means that there is too much thyroid hormone in the body due to an overproduction caused by the gland. Others will be diagnosed as hypothyroid or underactive, which means that the thyroid gland is not producing enough T3 and T4 hormones. Still others will develop thyroid cancer, which has a very high cure rate. While all are treatable, it is vital to get an early diagnosis.
Early warning signs can be in the form of sudden weight loss or gain, fatigue, nervous tremors, and a high sensitivity to heat, cold or light.
If thyroid disease goes undiagnosed or untreated, it can have serious long-term health consequences. With hyperthyroid disease, this can include vision problems, fertility challenges, and joint issues.
“As someone with Graves’ Disease, I wish that I had been aware of the early warning signs and had been diagnosed and treated much sooner than I was,” said Diane Finley. “Thyroid disease knows no age and can affect anyone from a baby to a senior. I encourage all Canadians to learn the early warning signs and to see a doctor right away to get diagnosed.”
To learn more about Thyroid Disease and the side effects, visit www.thyroid.ca or visit your family doctor.
June is Thyroid Awareness Month in Canada. Roughly four in 10 Canadians will have thyroid disease during their lifetime, but of those, only 50% will be diagnosed. Some will be hyperthyroid, overactive, some will be hypothyroid, underactive, and some will contract thyroid cancer, often known as "the good cancer" because of its high cure rate. All are treatable. However, if left untreated, thyroid diseases like Graves' Disease can have serious long-term health effects, including severe vision impairment and joint problems. As someone who has Graves' Disease, I wish that I had been aware of the early warning signs and had been diagnosed and treated much sooner than I was. Thyroid disease knows no age, so I encourage all Canadians to visit Thyroid Foundation of Canada or thyroid.ca to learn about the early warning signs and symptoms of thyroid disease and to see a doctor immediately for a diagnosis if they have any doubts.
Posted by Diane Finley on Friday, June 8, 2018
Office of the Hon. Diane Finley