London, United Kingdom, February 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The thyroid is a small gland that produces hormones, the T3 and T4 hormones. These hormones are transported in the blood and travel around the body to different parts of the body. The thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck and controls and regulates metabolism. TestDiagnostics.com
Research conducted in England has revealed that the number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has almost doubled since early 1990. Statistics show that between 1990 and 1994 approximately 900 people were diagnosed each year with thyroid cancer. However, this figure has increased remarkably between 2006 to 2010 when approximately 1950 people diagnosed with thyroid cancer per year. Research has also shown that the largest increase has been in a particular type of thyroid cancer called papillary cancer. The increase in this particular cancer is most likely due to improved diagnostic procedures and techniques such as ultrasound and biopsies which are being used to detect cancers.
Studies have also shown that thyroid cancer is more prevalent in women than men and that survival rates have increased to 88.3% in men and 94.35% in women. This is due mainly to effective treatment including removal of the thyroid gland followed by targeted iodine treatment and early diagnosis in patients between 20 to 59. The overall survival rate is 90%.
A healthy thyroid will produce the correct amounts of hormones required by the body to keep metabolism at an optimal level. In other words, hormones are secreted at a level that is not too slow or not too fast. If the thyroid over or under secretes hormones into the blood the likelihood of developing a so called thyroid condition is vastly increase.
When the thyroid is under active the result is hypothyroidism which can cause symptoms such as weight gain, constipation, depression, joint or muscle pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, pale dry skin or excessive menstrual bleeding.
When the thyroid is over active, hyperthyroidism results. Hyperthyroidism can cause symptoms such as weight loss, anxiety, irregular or rapid heartbeat, sleep problems, irritability, trembling in hands or fingers, increased appetite, frequent bowel movements or less frequent menstrual period coupled with lighter flow. Often people with hyperthyroidism may develop weak bones or osteoporosis.
TestDiagnostics, a UK based supplier of accredited laboratory tests online offers an ELISA technology based thyroid test. This diagnostic test measures antibodies in the blood which attack the thyroid and will check the levels of thyroid hormone the body produces. Generally, over or under activity in the amount of hormones produced is a good indication of a thyroid condition. The TestDiagnostic thyroid test provides an accurate blood spot test via a simple finger prick method.
Once you have collected a sample all that is required is for the blood to be sent back to the laboratory for analysis. Results can be expected within 15 business days once the comprehensive laboratory analysis has been completed.
TestDiagnostics provides further information and interesting reading on their website www.testdiagnostics.com. They cater for both men’s and women’s health issues including further information on thyroid testing as well as sexual health and genetic health.
TestDiagnsotics.com is a London based company specialising in mail order laboratory tests. The easy to use websites allows customers to order their desired test and have it delivered to either their home or work address. The customer then provides a sample, in most cases either urine or saliva which is then posted back to the lap in a free return envelope. As soon as the test is processed the customer will be informed of their results. The concept is proving to be very popular for people who want to protect their own privacy and want a quick and easy service.
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