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Thyroid Cancer

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Thyroid disease can become thyroid cancer. The warning signs you need to be on the lookout for.
Air Date: 12/10/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD
dr-alan-christiansonAlan Christianson is a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Doctor (ND) who specializes in pain management and endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders.

Dr. Christianson completed his premedical and nursing studies at the University of North Dakota. He went on to earn his ND with the first graduating class of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

In 1997 Alan founded Integrative Health, a group of physicians whose philosophy is to "Provide smart, safe, primarily natural and scientific solutions for the entire family to live 'in good health.'" The outcome is a more personal, comprehensive approach to health and wellness than simply masking symptoms with pills and procedures.

Along the way he earned numerous accolades, including 2011 Top Doc recipient in Phoenix magazine. Alan also co-authored the bestselling 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Thyroid Disease'. He frequently appears on national TV shows like The Doctors and The Today Show as well as print media like Shape Magazine.


Thyroid Cancer
More than 56,000 people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute.

"I need to have a thyroidectomy, which means that I'm going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck," Brooke Burke-Charvet "Dancing With the Stars" co-host revealed in a video. But with medical advancement in robotic surgey, is Brooke a candidate to have the minimally invasive procedure without any scar?

Dr. Alan Christianson, NMD discusses Thyroid disease prevention and the exciting new option for thyroid surgery where there aren't any neck incisions or scaring.