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May 2019 is Thyroid Awareness Month

9 May 2019 4:08 PM | Membership Secretary (Administrator)

‘The Many Faces of the Thyroid’: Why Aussies are being urged to “check your neck” this May

  • Approximately 60,000 new cases of thyroid disease are diagnosed each year in Australia.
  • Women are ten times more likely than men to be diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
  • An estimated 1 million Australians may be living with an undiagnosed thyroid condition.

As it marks the start of this year’s Thyroid Awareness Month, the Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is calling on all Australians to be more aware of their thyroid health during the month of May and to see their doctor for thyroid testing.

“In Australia, each year during May, we recognise Thyroid Awareness Month - an important opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of thyroid disorders, including thyroid cancer”, said Chief Executive Officer of the ATF, Ms Beverley Garside.

“This is particularly important as thyroid disorders can be difficult to diagnose, due to the common nature of the symptoms, which can often be associated with other medical conditions”, said Ms Garside.

ATF Media Release_Thyroid Awareness Month - May 2019.pdf


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