Wear Your Apron

Reading through the local Highland Community Newspaper Friday February 24th 2012 I came across the editorials page with Letters to the Editor. I found a touching article that I needed to share:

Wear your apron

By Cindy Larson
Highland

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:25 PM PST to the Highland Community News paper, Highland, CA.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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, Feb. 16. 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.

Link to the original article by Dr. Oz- http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/increase-thyroid-cancer?page=2

Thank you for stopping by!!
Taylor Smith
VEW For Independence

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