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Awareness In The UK VS The US: This Needs To Be Changed

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Note: This is a response to the previous entry where I listed some useful videos to look at relating to the thyroid and the endocrine system. My blog is here: http://thyroidlife.blogspot.com/
For the videos, please see entry titled 'Useful Videos: The Thyroid + Endocrine System'

Here's a funny thing...
Have you noticed that most of the videos below are from the US?
From news reports to study guides - doesn't it make you think?

When have you ever seen a news report in the UK, saying "could it be your thyroid?"

When have you ever had a whole section in your science exam at school on the endocrine system and specifically the thyroid?

Please, correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that we, in the UK, really overlook the existence of the thyroid. This needs to be changed. Yes, the US is of course a bigger place, and yes, this does mean that there is a much higher percentage of people with thyroid disease in the US when compared with the UK. But this is no excuse for our nationwide ignoring of the thyroid.

A simple search on the BBC's website shows that Radio 4 does refer to the thyroid, and that there was an article dated 1997 - in reference to the Chernobyl incident - where thyroid cancer was mentioned in some detail. See the article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_r...obyl/32655.stm

Radio 4? Let me ask you, does Radio 4 target the general population?
No.
Does radio output a message as clearly to a modern audience as television?
No.
Would a simple, even a short, news report on the evening, or even daytime, television news, be more informative and more effective than the feeble attempt that is currently produced?

Yes.

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Updated 28th September 2010 at 08:16 PM by SmallButMighty

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  1. thyroid nil's Avatar
    Difference is 'private health care' is just a money thing. With the NHS you have enough trouble getting diagnosed with a spear through your head, never mind the nuances of Thyroid problems.
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