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Background
"Do you think I'm Sexy?"(one of his most famous songs)

Rod Stewart faces thyroid cancer

Created the oral cancer foundation

To help raise money for this cancer organization he as auctioned off many personal items and memorabilia

Cancer was found when Rod went in for a normal CAT scan

Now wants to help others in the same situation

He said this upset won't affect his career and he has made a full recovery

Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer is a caner that affects the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located at the bottom of the neck below the thyroid cartilage also known as the "adams apple." The thyroid gland has many jobs in the human body. It controls how much energy our body uses at a time, its also makes proteins, and controls how sensitive our bodies to other hormones. The only normal problem involving this gland, is a overactive thyroid gland. What makes thyroid cancer so complicated, and hard to get rid of once diagnosed is because there are 4 different types of known thyroid cancer. There is papillary, medulla, follicular, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. It doctors determine which one kind of cancer it is by the way it shows up under a microscope.
Risk Factors
The biggest risk factor involving thyroid cancer is an over exposure to radiation. Most people who suffer from thyroid cancer developed it from a past medical treatment to have a tumor, neoplasm, etc. removed. Also children who have many radiation exposure are at an increased risk to develop cancer. Studies show that children who were more sick during their childhood, had a 67% more chance of developing thyroid cancer. Also children with more iodine in their diet have a reduced risk of getting thyroid cancer. And unfortunately 1 in 4 cases of thyroid cancer is a result of bad genes being passed down.

Symptoms
Thyroid cancer does not always have to have any symptoms. It can sometimes be very hard to detect and that is how it can become so deadly. It is so far developed before you even realize that it is there. If there are any symptoms they are swollen neck and difficulty breathing and swallowing.

Treatments
There are actually many different and effective ways to treat thyroid cancer because of it being a bengin type of cancer. The most common treatment for thyroid cancer is that of radiation treatment. They use high-energy radiation to kill the cancerous tumor. Although very effective, it puts the patient at an even higher risk of developing another type of cancer in that area because of the rigorus and constant application of the radiation. There are also various medical procedures a patient can have done to fully remove the tumor, and that have a very succsesfull survival rate. Most of them include a combination of certain medical drugs over a constant period of time to shrink the tumor and then that is usually followed by a biopsy.

Hope for Victims?
Fortuntely for victims it is a benign cancer and is very slow moving. However it can bbe very deadly if not caught in time, but 3 in 5 victims according to www.cancer.gov, find and diagnose it before it actually becomes deadly to the victim. In all stages of diagnosis: localized, regional, distant, and unknown, the survival rate is above 50%. This cancer, if caught early enough, and is treated correctly is actually very unharmful to humans.

Conclusion
After reshearching Rod's life, it was apparent he lived the "rockstar" lifestyle, This included a lot of drinking and smoking. Along with a lot of partying, which probably can be associated with late nights, and not a very good immune system. These factors probably were what led to his doctors finding a small tumor in his thyroid gland. The doctors fortunetly found his tumor very fast and he had some time to decide what to do. Rod could either treat it with certain drugs and not be garantueed that it totally go away, and have a possiblity of it coming back later in life. HIs other option was that he could recieve radiation treatment, which is very affective, but you put yourself at an increased risk of developing another type of cancer. His last option was to have the tumor removed, however the tumor was only about a quater of an inch away form a nerve, which means if something went wrong, Rod might not be able to sing or more importantly talk ever again. Rod's oral cancer foundation has gained thousands of dollars over the years, and successfukky poured it in to cancer reasearch. It has helped docotrs almost totally understand thyroid cancer and hwo it develops, and successfully making thyroid cancer the least deadly cnacer there is today.

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"Rod Stewart." Oral Cancer Foundation. N.p., 2010. Web. 29 Apr. 2011.
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