I was 28 years old and had a 4-6 a day cigarette habit. I began to feel a “lump” in my throat that felt as if something were lodged in there, and it was getting bigger. One day, I palpated my thyroid area and felt it- a stony hard nodule about the size of a pea with irregular borders. Testing revealed CANCER of the thyroid.
Over the past few years, I have been witness to cancer treatments in SEVEN different folks. Of course, the question I still ask myself is “why the HELL didn’t you quit smoking sooner, IDIOT??” Three of those were family members and the other four were neighbors and/or friends.