On May 25th the American Thyroid Association (ATA) (www.thyroid.org), in cooperation with international sister societies, the European Thyroid Association (www.eurothyroid.com), the Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association (www.aothyroid.org), and the Latin American Thyroid Society (www.lats.org) , will be making an extraordinary effort to do what it does year-round—focus attention on that small butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck that causes some 20 million Americans to experience “dis-ease” of one form or another.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that influence every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate. Almost everyone knows someone affected by thyroid disease or thyroid cancer. In addition to the 20 million Americans who have some form of thyroid disease, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. Perhaps the most stunning statistic is that up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition and that women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
Complete press release here.