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Had breast cancer? It's more important than you think to keep your thyroid happy

by , 25 March 2015

If you're in remission from breast cancer, congratulations.

But that doesn't mean you can let your guard down.

Not only are you never really out of the woods if you've had cancer once, but a study, presented at this year's Endocrine Society annual meeting just two weeks ago, showed there's a new risk you need to worry about:

Thyroid cancer.

And if you're in the first five years of breast cancer remission, your risk is high.

Read on to discover why and what you can do to keep that risk down.

 

Breast cancer and thyroid cancer: What’s the link?

 
Until now, the relationship between breast and thyroid cancer has been controversial. But a new study has blown the critics out of the water. 
 
Not only did the study find that breast cancer survivors were more likely to develop thyroid cancer in the first five years of remission, but they developed a more aggressive type of thyroid cancer! 
 
And that’s why, lead investigator Dr Jennifer Hong Kuo recommends that every year for the first five years after a breast cancer diagnosis, survivors should undergo a dedicated thyroid exam. This is especially important if you received radiation therapy to treat breast cancer
 
The reason for this is two-fold. 
 
First, radiation to the head, neck or chest is a known risk factor for thyroid cancer. And second, being female raises your risk for both thyroid and breast cancer.
 
But just because your risk is higher, doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself from it. 
 
 
********* Urgent health warning ********
 
Is this 'thyroid sabotage' the real reason you feel FAT and SLUGGISH?
 
Researchers from Princeton and Yale recently released a bombshell report – about the way this common kitchen ingredient affects your health. 
 
Their findings are astonishing. They revealed that this endocrine disruptor is so dangerous, it wrecks the delicate balance of your endocrine system – especially your thyroid. 
 
This endocrine disruptor is in just about EVERYTHING you eat.  
 
And it’s wrecking your thyroid. 
 
 
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This mineral can protect your thyroid from harm if you’ve had radiation treatment

 
According to naturalsociety.com, iodine in known to protect glands, like your thyroid, from radiation toxicity that comes with most cancer treatment
 
This because, as iodine expert, Dr David Brownstein, explains: "When it comes to radiation exposure, if there is enough inorganic, non-radioactive iodine in our bodies, the radioactive fallout has nowhere to bind in our bodies. It will pass through us, leaving our bodies unharmed. It is important to ensure that we have adequate iodine levels BEFORE this fallout hits.”
 
While you can take an iodine supplement to do this, organic, food-derived iodine is the most beneficial. Foods like seaweed, iodised salt, baked potatoes (with the peel), shrimps and boiled eggs are great sources.
 
Bottom line: If you’ve survived breast cancer or are currently undergoing treatment, chat to your doctor about the risks your thyroid faces and how iodine can protect you. 
 

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