Natural history, incidence, and mortality
In the United States in 2011, it is estimated that 12,710 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed and that 4,290 women will die of the disease. These rates have been improving steadily. Mortality rates declined from 1975 to 2003, but have remained stable since 2003. This improvement has been attributed largely to screening with the Papanicolaou (Pap) test.
Invasive squamous carcinoma of the cervix results from...
Thyroid hormone medicine to replace necessary thyroid
hormones that are made by your thyroid gland. If your thyroid gland is
surgically removed, you will likely need to take thyroid replacement pills for the rest of your life.
After you have your thyroid
surgically removed, you may have to wait several weeks before you have
radioactive iodine treatment to destroy any remaining thyroid tissue. During
the waiting period, you may have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as fatigue,
weakness, weight gain, depression, memory problems, or constipation.
doctor may also put you on a low-iodine diet before treating you with radioactive iodine. If you are
on a low-iodine diet, you cannot eat foods that contain a lot of iodine, such
as seafood and baked goods. Depleting your body of iodine may make radioactive
iodine treatment more effective, because your cells become "hungry" for
After surgery, you may need to take thyroid hormone replacement pills for the rest of your life. Taking these pills rarely causes side effects if you are taking the right amount. But too much thyroid hormone can cause you to feel hot and sweaty. It can also cause weight loss, a fast heart rate, chest pain, cramps, or diarrhea. And too little thyroid hormone can cause you to feel cold and tired. It can also cause weight gain, dry skin, or dry hair.1
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July 27, 2011
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