A December 15, 2011 article in The Oncology Report reported that breast cancer patients are more likely to have autoimmune thyroid disease, according to a published 26-study meta-analysis.
This pooled analysis found breast cancer patients:
In addition, 50%-80% of women with breast cancer were more likely than other women to have either hyper- or hypothyroidism. However, these trends did not achieve statistical significance.
The article goes on to report that until longer observations can determine the cause of this association, it may be beneficial to screen women with breast cancer for autoimmune thyroid disease.
Because this is new information, many doctors may not be as concerned about screening for autoimmune thyroid disease until thyroid symptoms begin to develop. Even with symptoms, testing for thyroiditis may not be performed until after a basic thyroid panel with TSH blood testing shows signs of thyroid dysfunction.
Meanwhile, the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroiditis that people may want to be aware of, taken directly from WebMD.com, are:
For people who have the desire to stay on top of their health and work with their doctor despite health insurance allowances or stipulations, direct-to-consumer online lab testing is available.
Read the The Oncology Report article mentioned here in full detail at: http://www.oncologyreport.com/news/clinical/single-article/breast-cancer-linked-to-benign-thyroid-disease/247834c12e.html