You Have to ASK

Dr. Oz had a television segment on the fastest growing cancer in women which happens to be thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned
that the increase could possibly be related to the increased exposure of radiation through standard health exams like dental x-rays and mammograms.

Dr. Oz addressed the use of the dental apron placed on the patient during xrays. The lead apron is applied for your protection against unnecessary radiation exposure. However, if the apron is not placed up to your neck, your thyroid will not be protected. Dr. Oz showed the audience “a small flap” that can be lifted up to cover your neck. In addition, there is something called a “thyroid guard” for use during mammograms.

The person who sent me this email commented on her experience after watching the Dr. Oz show and she said, “By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday.
I felt a little silly, but I asked about the neck guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn’t routinely used. The answer was, ‘I don’t know, they have to ask.’”

I (Tonilee) have my Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and I have worked on many different units for almost 20 years. There have been many changes in health care during the years but the primary change has to do with the added responsibility ultimately placed on the patient…or YOU! We are our own best advocates. We need to be well informed and we need to ask questions. We have to remember that for some of the health care employees, they are “just doing their job.” Sadly, some days, those employees are doing the minimum requirement. We all have bad days, sad days and life issues that can distract the best employee from doing their best every day. We do our best to take care of our families but do not forget to take care of YOU too!


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