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Radiation Exposure and Cancer Risks

Radiation exposure, such as the recent implosion of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is a global concern for all of us. Thyroid cancer is at the top of the list of cancers that can be caused by exposure to radiation; followed by leukemia, lung cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer, and many  Continue Reading »

Genetic Cause of Thyroid Cancer Discovered

Researchers has discovered a gene that increases the risk of thyroid cancer, which has the largest incidence increase in cancers among both men and women. The study included nearly 3,000 patients with Cowden syndrome (CS), which is related to an increased risk of breast and thyroid cancer. Mutations in the PTEN gene, which is a  Continue Reading »

Treatment of Parotid Tumors Has Come A Long Way

We recently came across this picture, showing a woman in the 1850s who is suffering from a very noticeable parotid tumor. Today, public perception has changed, and so has the treatment options for tumors like this one. These days, the preferred choice of treatment for parotid tumors is surgery. The surgical treatment generally requires the  Continue Reading »

Cancerous Salivary Gland Tumors

Salivary glands produce saliva, which moisturize the food we eat and aids in the digestion process. Saliva contains enzymes that break down food before it reaches the stomach, and helps keep the mouth clean. The antibodies in saliva also help defend the body from germs. Unfortunately, there are several disorders that may prevent the salivary  Continue Reading »

What Is Parathyroid Cancer?

Parathyroid cancer is a cancerous growth in aparathyroid gland. It usually occurs in people over the age of 30, with men and women being equally affected. The cause of parathyroid cancer is unknown, but people who have had head or neck radiation may be at an increased risk. Such radiation exposure is, however, more likely  Continue Reading »

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

During the past several years, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (more information: MIP)has clearly become the preferred method of removing parathyroid tumors. More than 120 scientific articles have been published, showing that the procedure has a higher success rate and lower complicationrate than standard parathyroid surgery. The surgical technique has gained wide acceptance as the most advanced,  Continue Reading »

Salivary Gland Disorders

There are a number of different salivary gland disorders. Below, you will find a description of some of the most common salivary gland disorders. Sialadenitis This is a bacterial infection of a salivary gland that most commonly affects elderly people. The disease is often associated with the presence of salivary gland stones, as well chronic  Continue Reading »

What is an otolaryngologist?

An otolaryngologist is a head & neck surgeon who provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for adult and pediatric patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, nose, and throat. An otolaryngologist also cares for the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists focus on one or  Continue Reading »

Dental X-Rays Raise Risk of Thyroid Cancer

In recent years several studies, independent of each other, have found that thyroid cancer risk increases as the number of dental x-rays taken grows. On average, research shows that the incidence rates of thyroid cancer have doubled, from 1.4 per 100,000 in 1975 to 2.9 per 100,000 in 2006. Several factors are probably involved in  Continue Reading »

What Are Thyroid Nodules?

A thyroid nodule is a lump within the thyroid, caused by an abnormal growth of thyroid cells. Although the majority of thyroid nodules are noncancerous, a slim portion of them do contain thyroid cancer. There is a 10% chance that you or someone you know will develop a thyroid nodule, making it the most common  Continue Reading »