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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cause of Thyroid Cancer: Diabetes Drug, Radiation, and Genetic Predisposition Can Cause An Increase Risk of Thyroid Cancer by Thyroid Cancer Attorney Jason Coomer

Cause of Thyroid Cancer: The Diabetes Drug Byetta Has Been Linked To An Increased Risk of Thyroid Cancer by Thyroid Cancer Attorney Jason S. Coomer

Recent scientific studies have shown that the diabetes drug, Byetta, may cause an increased risk of thyroid cancer.  Persons taking Byetta should be aware of this potential thyroid cancer risk factor as well as other potential risk factors including: a family history of goiter, exposure to high levels of radiation, and certain hereditary syndromes.

Persons taking Byetta as well as their medical providers should be aware of potential thyroid cancer symptoms including:

  1. Developing a lump or swelling in your neck (most common symptom).
  2. Pain in your neck and sometimes in your ears.
  3. Trouble swallowing.
  4. Trouble breathing or have constant wheezing.
  5. Voice may become hoarse.
  6. A frequent cough that is not related to a cold or allergies.
Persons with multiple risk factors should make sure that their medical provider is aware of the potential risks and discuss their optimal treatment plans for early detection of thyroid cancer as well as treatment of diabetes.

Through early detection of thyroid cancer, most people are able to seek treatment for thyroid cancer and prevent the cancer from spreading.  For more information on this topic, please read go to Byetta Cancer Law: An Informational Website About Byetta, Cancer, and the Law.  

The Thyroid Secretes Hormones Influencing Metabolism, Development, and Temperature

"The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck. Your thyroid lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid has two side lobes, connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle. When the thyroid is its normal size, you can’t feel it.
Brownish-red in color, the thyroid is rich with blood vessels. Nerves important for voice quality also pass through the thyroid." WebMD

"The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. The main hormone is thyroxine, also called T4. Thyroid hormones act throughout the body, influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. During infancy and childhood, adequate thyroid hormone is crucial for brain development." WebMD

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