Friday, April 06, 2012
The following message was forwarded to me by my cherished Mom & now I am asking you to please make it your practice to ask for a "thyroid guard" when having dental x-rays & mammograms.
Actually, it would be a good idea to enquire if a facility has thyroid guards before scheduling your appointment. If the use of a thyroid guard is not on offer, then don’t use that facility & follow up with a note to your insurance company & the director of the facility as to why you chose to go elsewhere.
May you be blessed with this information!
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On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms.
By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask?
We need to pass this on to our daughters, nieces, mothers and all our female friends and husbands tell your wives! Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.
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