Thyroid Health Awareness Month

Traditionally, health care has taken a one-size-fits-all approach in developing treatments and strategies for the “average” person - but these strategies may not work well for individual people, because everyone is unique. For example, did you know that a history of thyroid cancer in your family puts you at greater risk of getting it? This is an example of how a Precision Medicine approach is more effective; taking into account a person’s environment (where they live), lifestyle (what they do), family health history and genetic makeup can give health care providers the information they need to make customized recommendations for people of different backgrounds, ages, and regions.

There’s a catch!

Precision Medicine can only be effective for everyone if we make data from people with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles available for biomedical research. Some groups of people have not been included in research in the past, including racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, and people with disabilities. This means researchers know less about their health today, and that is one reason people in some communities have more health problems than others. The All of Us Research Program is working to support Precision Medicine in this way, by building a diverse database that can inform thousands of studies on a variety of conditions.

Use this toolkit to create awareness in your community, help your patrons understand the importance of supporting Precision Medicine, and how they can contribute to research programs like All of Us.

  • Print the one-page information sheet to share during a health observance, like Thyroid Health Awareness Month in January.
  • Share the graphics on your digital displays and social media.
  • Use these resources in health-related programs in your library. We can connect you with health provider organizations in your area who can offer tailored presentations about health-related topics that support Precision Medicine and help people learn about and engage with All of Us. Send us an email to talk about your needs for partnership.
  • Share more information about Thyroid health available in MedlinePlus.
  • Use the Spanish-language versions of these resources to engage the Spanish-speaking members of your community in health information awareness. If you’re interested in reaching people in other languages, contact us:

One-page Information Guide

Image Resources

Woman touching throat

Open mouth with a question mark icon

Doctor holding clipboard denoting 'Thyroid Cancer'

Hand with a medical glove touching a person's neck

Figure of a woman, man, and child with a DNA helix

Diagram of a thyroid with a cluster of cancer cells

Two bandages making an 'x'

This page was last updated on: 11/01/23 15:38