Dr Oz did a segment on Thyroid Cancer: Fastest Growing Cancer in Women and followed it up with this segment on how to do a thyroid self exam to detect Thyroid Cancer before it is too late. If you find Thyroid Cancer early, it is 97% curable. All you need for Dr Oz’s Thyroid Test is a glass of water and a mirror:
Dr Oz’s Thyroid Self Exam
1. Find your thyroid gland by first locating your Adam’s Apple. In a man, it is pretty obvious where the Adam’s Apple is, but if you have trouble finding it, the swallow and feel for a lump in your throat – this is the Adam’s Apple. Move two fingers below the Adam’s Apple and that is where your thyroid is (right above the sternum).
2. Take a sip of water and tip your head back. Slowly swallow and feel your trachea while you swallow to see if you feel anything around the area of your Thyroid.
Stages of Thyroid Cancer
If you feel something on your thyroid, the following is the guide that Dr Oz for getting a good idea about what stage of Thyroid Cancer it could be – but of course you should always see your doctor right away as they will be able to tell you best.
Stage 1 Thyroid Cancer – size of a pea (1 cm)
Stage 2 Thyroid Cancer – size of a peanut (2 cm)
Stage 3 Thyroid Cancer – size of a walnut
Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer – size of a lime
Dr Oz said that if it is already the size of a lime, then the cancer usually has gone outside of the thyroid gland. If you do find a lump, 15-30% of the American population will just have a thyroid nodule and not Thyroid Cancer. Usually if you have Thyroid Cancer though, you will have to have your thyroid removed and you will take a pill once a day to replace what the thyroid used to do.