Supermodel’s Health Battle With Thyroid Cancer

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Angie Everhart

Angie Everhart has been a supermodel, an actress and a reality TV star , she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013 after going in for what she thought was a routine MRI to assess some pain she had been feeling in her shoulder.

It is 2.9-times more common in women than men . There are different types of thyroid cancer, but most of these cancers can be treated successfully.

 

The Thyroid

Symptoms of thyroid cancer

Neck lump

  • Often it causes a painless lump or swelling low down in the front of the neck.

Other symptoms

  • swollen glands in the neck.
  • unexplained hoarseness that doesn’t get better after a few weeks.
  • a sore throat that doesn’t get better.
  • pain in your neck.
  • difficulty swallowing.
  • breathing difficulties.

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Potential Risk Factors

Gender and Race-related risks

  • Females are affected 2 to 3 times more often than males.
  • People who are white or Asian are more likely to develop thyroid cancer.

Age and Family-related risks

  • Most cases of thyroid cancer affect people between the ages of 20 and 55.
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, or multiple endocrine tumors (MEN2A and MEN2B) are tumors that affect glands of the endocrine system (eg, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal). In rare cases, people have a family history of medullary thyroid cancer.
  • According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, anaplastic thyroid cancer is usually diagnosed adults older than 60.2
  • Although rare, medullary thyroid cancer may develop in infants 10 months and older and during adolescence if the child carries the RET proto-oncogene* mutation.2
    *DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) makes up each person’s biological blueprint. Genes are parts of the DNA that are inherited. An oncogene is a gene that has mutated and has the potential to cause cancer. Proto-oncogenes are genes that have mutated and can cause a cancer at the cellular level. There are different types of proto-oncogenes, such as RET.

Radiation Exposure

  • Routine x-rays such as those performed during a dental examination or mammography do not cause thyroid cancer.

How is it treated?

  • a thyroidectomy – surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid.
  • radioactive iodine treatment – you swallow a radioactive substance that travels through your blood and kills the cancer cells.
  • external radiotherapy – a machine is used to direct beams of radiation at the cancer cells to kill them.
  • chemotherapy and targeted therapies – medications used to kill cancer cells.

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