Causes And Treatments Of Thyroid Cancer

1656 Words Nov 27th, 2015 7 Pages
INTRODUCTION:
My topic of choice is thyroid cancer. Recently my mother was diagnosed with this cancer so doing research can help me better understand what it is, what causes its occurrence, and what lifestyle changes it will bring. Having taken anatomy & physiology I know the importance of this gland. This is a gland that has functions to many other organs including the heart, brain, liver, and more. Going into the DMS program I can learn to identify spots on the thyroid and use the knowledge of this cancer to in my career. Also since this disease can be passed down genetically it can help me stay alert because I do fall in the age range of a potential target.
BACKGROUND:
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in base of the front of your neck, just below the Adams apple. It is responsible for manufacturing several hormones that are essential to maintaining your body natural level of homeostasis. This is probably one of the most vital glands that your body has to offer as it produces two main hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid cells once released into the blood stream function to remove all the iodine that comes into the body. These cells are the only cells that are capable of doing so. Thyroid cells merge the iodine collected with the amino acid tyrosine to create T3 and T4. T3 is responsible for most of the body’s biological effects however T3 and T4 once its released into the blood stream they are transported to every are of the body and…
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