Thyroid disorders affect 1 in 20 people in the UK. It is mostly women who are diagnosed but men, children and even babies can suffer too. The most common form of the disease is hypothyroidism (underactive) but we also support people with hyperthyroidism (overactive), thyroid eye disease and thyroid cancer. Thyroid disorders often run in families.
The BTF raises awareness about thyroid disorders and the physical and emotional impact they can have on people's lives. We provide reliable, free information on all aspects of thyroid disease. Through our comprehensive support network – a regular newsletter, telephone helplines, local groups and information events - we enable people to help themselves and others and thereby to avoid the distress and isolation they may otherwise experience.
Through our collaboration with medical experts we ensure that patients are given up to date information and by listening to people's experiences we can feed back their concerns to the medical community. Since 1997 we have given over £220,000 to research projects that look into a wide range of aspects of thyroid disease. Each year we also support nurses who specialise in this area.
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