The prevalence of various thyroid diseases, specifically endemic goiter, is 20% higher in the mountainous areas of Ecuador surrounding Guayaquil due to an iodine-deplete water and diet. With little or no access to medical treatment, only those people with difficulty breathing are likely to seek medical attention. At that time, the thyroid mass has festered for years resulting in a large neck tumor restricting the airway. Surgery becomes the only option. Death is inevitable if not treated.
In May 2011, we will provide no-cost thyroid surgery for 20 patients. Patients will be educated in need for daily medication and monthly blood tests. If cancer is found, patients will receive radio-iodinetherapy to eradicate cancerous cells.
Thyroid surgery is a life-saving procedure for all 20 patients. If cancer is found or if the airway is obstructed, thryroid diseases are curable with surgical intervention and medicinal and/or radiation therapy. Since 2008, 60 patients were treated