Breast Cancer and Thyroid Hormone

A blood test showed that my thyroid function was low; I have hypothyroidism.
Recently I have gained weight, felt tired quickly, sluggish, and the skin has gotten dry – these are typical symptoms of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is not a life-threatening but chronic disease that accelerates aging.

About ten years ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but I was healed miraculously that time. The last test’s result for thyroid I had in 2007 was perfectly normal.

It is disappointing to know I have hypothyroidism again, and I wondered if this was something to do with breast cancer, so I researched.

As I suspected, many women who experienced breast cancer are also diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Apparently it is a common women diseases.
If enough iodine is not taken, it may cause hypothyroidism, and maybe breast cancer as well, according to many sites.
Yet, there are also many reports saying that women with hypothyroidism have breast cancer much less than women without hypothyroidism. I guess this means that a treatment for hypothyroidism can prevent breast cancer.

I wonder if the radiation might be the reason, and it could be.

Scientists has noticed some link between breast cancer and thyroid hormone or iodine for a long time, but they haven’t been able to put their fingers exactly on it and in fact they warn that increasing the intake of iodine could worsen the thyroid problems. It isn’t so simple.

Regardless of the cause, I have a new problem. I hope medicine for thyroid will fix all my symptoms before worsening the side effects on my heart, liver, skin, or whatever from chemo.

I’ll have another ultrasound for kidneys and a bladder tomorrow.
I have to find the cause of bleeding, but  hope it will come back negative.

One thought on “Breast Cancer and Thyroid Hormone

  1. Kathy, Good Luck tomorrow I will be thinking about you. I am learning so much from all your research. Thanks so much for all the information. Love, Aunt Pat

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