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Thyroid cancer: Facts and symptoms to look out for

Check your neck

People are being urged to check their necks for bumps during Thyroid Cancer awareness month this September.

Thyroid Cancer is rare but is one of the fastest increasing cancers in the world. At the moment around 2,100 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

The cancer is twice as common in women as men and is most commonly diagnosed in women in their late 20s/early30s and in their 60s.

It has an 80-90% cure rate if caught early, so people are being urged to check their necks for lumps and visit their doctor if they are concerned.

Thyroid facts

The thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck below where a man's adam's apple sits.

It is shaped like a butterfly with a wing, or lobe, on either side of the windpipe.

Symptoms to look out for

  • A lump in your neck especially one that rapidly increases in size.
  • Changes in the voice.
  • Difficulty swallowing, not associated with a cold.
  • Difficulty breathing.

Extra care should be taken if their is a family history of thyroid cancer or if people have been exposed to radiation during childhood i.e in treatment for other cancers.

Thyroid cancer surviver urges public to 'be neck aware'

Kate Farnell MBE founded the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust, a charity she set up after being diagnosed with the condition.

From her base on Tyneside, Kate provides information, help and support to people across the country and also works internationally.

She has joined the 'check your neck' campaign and is urging the public to "be neck aware".

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'Check your neck' campaign launched in Newcastle

Former Thyroid Cancer patients have been raising awareness at the RVI in Newcastle. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

People are being urged to check their necks for bumps during Thyroid Cancer awareness month this September.

Thyroid Cancer is rare but is one of the fastest increasing cancers in the world. At the moment around 2,100 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

The cancer is twice as common in women as men and is most commonly diagnosed in women in their late 20s/early30s and in their 60s.

If It has an 80-90% cure rate if caught early, so people are being urged to check their necks for lumps and visit their doctor if they are concerned.

Former Thyroid Cancer patients have been raising awareness at the RVI in Newcastle.

Man arrested after rape in Newcastle

Northumbria Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a rape in Newcastle.

It took place between 3am and 5am on Sunday, 14th September after a man and woman left the Pink Rooms nightclub together.

Police are still keen to speak to three women and a man who were outside the club at around the same time on Sunday, who may have information that can help the investigation.

The women, who were in a group, are described as follows: one with dark hair drawn into a bun and wearing a light blue dress, one with dark shoulder length hair wearing a dark or black skirt and a white blouse, and a woman with shoulder length blonde hair who was wearing a red top and black trousers.

The man is described as having short dark hair and wearing a distinctive hooped shirt beneath a short dark jacket, and jeans and trainers.

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East Coast managing director wins 'Woman of the Year'

Karen Boswell has won 'Woman of the Year' 2014 Credit: East Coast

East Coast Managing Director, Karen Boswell, has won the 'Woman of the Year' Award at a ceremony in London.

The Women 1st Shine Awards are designed to shine light on women who are making their mark in industry.

As Woman of the Year 2014, Karen Boswell now joins the elite Top 100 Club of Britain's most influential women in hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism.

Speaking about her award, Karen Boswell said: "This award is one for the team; it's for every one of my colleagues in East Coast who has helped to transform our business over the last five years. I'm absolutely thrilled to have won this award, and we're all really so proud of what we've been able to achieve together to turn around this jewel in the crown of Britain's railways."

George Osborne tweets there is 'still much to do'

It has been announced that across the UK, the jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

George Osborne has tweeted that the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) mark another step towards full employment.

However, the North East is the worst area in the UK for unemployment, recording a 1,000 increase in the number of people without a job in the three months to July, suggesting there is still much to do by the UK government.

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