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World Thyroid Day observed on May 25 

Date: 27 May 2019 Tags: Days & Dates

The World Thyroid Awareness Day is observed every year across the world on May 25 to spread awareness of thyroid health and educating about prevention and treatment of thyroid diseases. The objective of this day seeks to highlight five major goals to: (i) increase awareness of thyroid health, (ii) promote understanding of advances made in treating thyroid diseases, (iii) emphasize prevalence of thyroid diseases, (iv) focus on urgent need for education and prevention programs and (vi) expand awareness of new treatment modalities.

Thyroid gland

  • It is often referred to as simply thyroid, is one of the largest endocrine glands. It butterfly-shaped gland located in neck.
  • Its health is extremely important, as hormones produced by it influence critical body functions and regulate metabolism.
  • Disorders related to it are very common worldwide and they affect people of all ages and have large range of symptoms.
  • The most common thyroid disorders include yperthyroidism (abnormally increased thyroid activity), thyroiditis or Goitre (inflammation of thyroid gland), hypothyroidism (abnormally decreased thyroid activity) and thyroid cancer. They are often caused by iodine deficiency.

Background

The World Thyroid Awareness Day was officially proclaimed by European Thyroid Association (ETA) and American Thyroid Association (ATA). This day is devoted globally to Thyroid Gland and its numerous and often ‘invisible’ symptoms. It was observed for the first time in 2009 and since then, it is celebrated annually across the globe together with its extension, International Thyroid Awareness Week, which surrounds main Day.