August 21, 2012 – Kankakee, Ill…It’s a gland that sits in the front part of the neck, but it cannot be seen or felt. It’s shaped like a butterfly and produces hormones that regulate the rate of metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; growth and development; and physical and mental development and function. These are the big and important jobs of the thyroid gland.
September is National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and the professionals at the Regional Cancer Center of Provena St. Mary’s Hospital are raising awareness for this disease. Not only is thyroid cancer one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over recent years, it tends to be diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers.