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According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, an estimated 30 million people may be affected by thyroid disorders, but only half have been diagnosed. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles and other organs functioning normally.


1. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. AACE Thyroid Awareness – Thyroid Top Ten.http://www.empoweryourhealth.org/thyroid-top-ten. Accessed May 9, 2012.
2. American Thyroid Association. FAQ: Thyroid Surgery. 2012. http://www.thyroid.org/patients/faqs/surgery.html. Accessed May 21, 2012.

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