Three Teachers at Malibu High School Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in Six Months

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Babak Larian, MD, FACS, expert thyroid surgeon at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles, comments on the Malibu High School teachers accusing their school of making them sick.

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Instances of thyroid cancer have been increasing for decades and are currently increasing by 4% per year. The good news is that the earlier thyroid cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to cure.

A recent news story from CNN revealed some alarming accusations coming from teachers at Malibu High School in California. A group of over 20 teachers from Malibu High sent a letter to the school district claiming that the physical environment of the school is making them sick and they want something done about it. Teachers complained of various ailments such as migraines and rashes, but the most serious complaints were from three teachers who say they were all diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the last six months. Dr. Babak Larian is a head and neck cancer expert who treats thyroid cancer patients at the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills.

“While the diagnosis of thyroid cancer in three teachers from the same school is unsettling, it is difficult to make a guess as to the cause of the cancer,” explains Dr. Larian.

The school district is launching an investigation into the buildings and grounds of the school to ensure that it is not causing teachers to become sick, however, it is unlikely that they will find environmental causes for thyroid cancer since the only known causes are radiation exposure and genetic preponderance. There are four main types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic. Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type, especially among women and people in their thirties and forties. 80% of all thyroid cancers can be attributed to papillary thyroid carcinoma and the disease grows slowly. While it may seem strange that these three teachers would all get the same cancer diagnosis around the same time, unfortunately, thyroid cancer is becoming more common.

“Instances of thyroid cancer have been increasing for decades and are currently increasing by 4% per year. The good news is that the earlier thyroid cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to cure,” says Dr. Larian.

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills, board-certified surgeon Dr. Larian understands how to use his extensive knowledge of head and neck cancers to treat thyroid cancer in its various stages. Each case of thyroid cancer is thoroughly examined and a treatment plan is developed based on the type and extent of the cancer. There are various treatment options for thyroid cancer patients, and Dr. Larian is known for performing the revolutionary minimally invasive thyroidectomy.

“When treating thyroid cancer, it is important to consider the needs of each patient and recommend a treatment plan that is in the best interest of the patient’s health. In most cases, however, the thyroid will need to be removed,” states Dr. Larian.

Dr. Babak Larian is a board-certified otolaryngologist and a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society. He has considerable expertise in minimally invasive surgery, which has made him one of the most sought-after physicians in the industry. Dr. Larian currently holds the position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and is Director of the highly acclaimed CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Beverly Hills.

For additional information or to learn more about the head and neck procedures offered by Dr. Larian, please visit http://www.advancedonc.com/ or call (310) 461-0300.

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