ANCHOR LEAD: Monday is World Thyroid Day, a great time to raise awareness about one life-threatening disease. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-altering experience. For those living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer, it means facing a rare disease and often a lack of resources that address their needs. Medullary thyroid cancer, or M-T-C, accounts for about 4 percent of thyroid cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and just one third of these cases will be locally advanced or metastatic disease.
A-M-T-C-Support-dot-com, a website for advanced M-T-C patients and those who support them, features educational information to help patients learn more about their diagnosis. Lucy Faith managed her A-M-T-C diagnosis by educating herself about the disease and focusing on her family.
CUT: (Faith) My diagnosis of advanced medullary thyroid cancer hit me hard, because no one else I knew had cancer or understood what I was going through. It was scary. But arming myself with knowledge helped me take control and actively manage my care. It also let me stay positive and focus on living my life, one day at a time.
SCRIPT: To learn more about advanced medullary thyroid cancer, visit A-M-T-C-Support-dot-com, a site developed by AstraZeneca.
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