Scott Thompson, the former Yahoo CEO who resigned this past weekend when questions arose about inaccuracies in his resume, may have actually resigned because he had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the 54-year-old reportedly told the Yahoo Board of Directors about the cancer diagnosis, but did not want that information to become public.
Thompson had taken over the CEO position in January after the board ousted CEO Carol Bartz. Recently he came under fire when Daniel Loeb, the CEO of hedge fund Third Point, had written a letter to the Yahoo board pointing out that Thompson had embellished his academic credentials on his resume. Thompson’s resume claimed that he had degrees in both Accounting and Computer Science, but Loeb’s investigation found that only the degree in Accounting was accurate.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It makes hormones that regulate regulates heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. The thyroid gland contains mainly 2 types of cells — thyroid follicular cells and C cells (also called parafollicular cells).
The follicular cells use iodine from the blood to make thyroid hormone, which helps regulate a person’s metabolism. Too much thyroid hormone (a condition called hyperthyroidism) can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, trouble sleeping, nervousness, hunger, weight loss, and a feeling of being too warm. Too little hormone (called hypothyroidism) causes a person to slow down, feel tired, and gain weight.
C cells (parafollicular cells) make calcitonin, a hormone that helps regulate how the body uses calcium.
Thyroid cancer is a tumor that arises from one of the different cells types in the thyroid. It includes:
Anyone can get cancer of the thyroid gland. But certain factors may increase the risk. These include
In 2012, an estimated 56,460 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It is estimated that 1,780 deaths from this disease will occur this year.
Thyroid cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women.
The five-year relative survival rate (the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) for all stages of thyroid cancer is about 97%.
The five-year relative survival rate of papillary and follicular thyroid cancers range from 97% to 100% for early-stage cancer and decrease with later-stage cancer. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is associated with a much lower survival rate.
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