International Thyroid Awareness Week 2014

Welcome to the official website of the sixth International Thyroid Awareness Week 2014. Activities within this week will begin on May 25 and continue through May 31, 2014.

This year’s campaign carries the strapline “HIGH FIVE! Five reasons to be aware of thyroid disease” and will focus on five conditions associated with thyroid dysfunction: Thyroid cancer, autoimmunity, infertility, anxiety & depression, and iodine deficiency.

Feeling tired, nervous, irritated or anxious, finding no sleep, having hot flashes or heart palpitations, suffering from increased sweating or losing weight – for millions of people around the world these conditions are attributed to many a cause such as aging, menopause or depression, but rarely to thyroid dysfunction. Basically few people really know much about the small thyroid gland located at the back of the neck and its vitally important function. Any dysfunction of the thyroid has profound impact on health and well-being.

Thyroid cancer: This is the most feared thyroid disease. Fortunately, it is not as common as other cancers and can frequently be cured.1

In thyroid autoimmunity the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland and provokes either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Infertility in women and men can be caused by thyroid dysfunction.

Anxiety & depression often accompany thyroid disorders.

Iodine being the key component of thyroid hormone production iodine deficiency is not only detrimental for adults’ health but also for fetal and infant development.

As President of the Thyroid Federation International (TFI) I want to raise your awareness on signs indicating thyroid dysfunction and encourage you to have your thyroid checked if you suspect any problem connected to your thyroid2. In the hands of a qualified health care professional thyroid disease is very treatable. TFI and Merck are joining forces to improve diagnostic and treatment patterns for people who are at risk of thyroid dysfunction.

I would like to thank Merck for its support throughout the six years of the campaign’s existence and of course thank you for your attention. I hope this website provides helpful advice and information.


Ashok Bhaseen

TFI President

Thyroid Federation International is a global organization which aims to work for the benefit of those affected by thyroid dysfunctions throughout the world.

References

  • 1

    American Thyroid Association. Thyroid cancer. 2013 http://www.thyroid.org/cancer-of-the-thyroid-gland/Accessed January 2014

  • 2

    The information on this Website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You must consult a suitably qualified healthcare professional on any problem or matter which is covered by any information herein before taking any action.