January is Thyroid Awareness Month
An estimated 15 million Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection and in some cases help you find lumps or enlargements in the neck that may point to a thyroid condition, you can perform a simple Neck Check self-exam. Here is a step-by-step guide from thyroidawareness.com
You will need a:
1. Handheld mirror
2. Glass of water
Hold the mirror in your hand, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.
Take a drink of water and swallow.
As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area
Reminder: Don’t confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone.
You may want to repeat this process several times.
If you do see any bulges or protrusions, contact your primary care provider. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule that should be checked to determine whether further evaluation is needed.
If you need a primary care provider, give us a call at (217)222-6550.
To learn more about your thyroid, check out www.thyroidawareness.com.