“Unmasking your Thyroid”: International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 culminating activity discusses the risk of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2017 (ITAW2017) held in Manila last May 27, 2017 in partnership with Philippine Thyroid Association, Inc., Merck, Healthway Medical, and Robinsons Novaliches gathers the public to a free thyroid screening, doctor’s consultation, open discussion with health specialists, and family activities — massage, eyebrow threading, nail art, hair and make-up, kid’s art corner, raffles, and photo booth. Apart from perks, the highlight of the medical event is the information dissemination about the risks of thyroid disorders. Moreover, the differences in terms of manifestations, signs and symptoms of nodules, goiter, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism.
“What is a goiter?”
Goiter is abnormal swelling of the neck resulting from enlargement of the thyroid gland. It can be due to iodine deficiency, or disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Thyroid gland is a butterfly-shape (shield-shaped cartilage) surrounding the neck area below the Adam’s apple. Thyroid gland is the master of metabolism; this ductless gland secretes hormones regulating growth and development through the rate of metabolism.