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An estimated 15 million of Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection and in some cases help you find lumps or enlargements in the neck that may point to a thyroid condition, you can perform a simple Neck Check self-exam.

How to take the Thyroid Neck Check

All you will need is:
A. Handheld mirror
B. Glass of water
Hold the mirror in your hand, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.
Take a drink of water and swallow.
As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. Reminder: Don’t confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. You may want to repeat this process several times.
If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule that should be checked to determine whether further evaluation is needed.
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the lower front of the neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland makes hormones that help control the function of many of your body’s organs, including your heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. Making sure that your thyroid gland is healthy is important to your body’s overall well-being.
Some patients who have an enlarged thyroid gland may also produce too much or too little thyroid hormone. Because many symptoms of thyroid imbalance may be hard to recognize and may be mistaken for symptoms caused by other conditions, the best way to know for sure about your thyroid health is to ask your doctor for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test, a simple blood test that measures whether your thyroid gland is functioning normally. If you have a family member with thyroid disease, are over the age of 60, or have any symptoms or risk factors associated with thyroid disease, you should talk to your doctor about getting a TSH test.

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Directions and Parking

From Dulles Toll Road Eastbound

Take VA-267 East / Dulles Toll Rd

Take exit 17 VA-684 South / Spring Hill Road 

Turn right on to Spring Hill Road then immediate left onto Jones Branch Drive

The building is 1 mile on right across from McLean Hilton

From GW Parkway

GW Pkwy north to Route 123 south towards Mclean

After the 495 overpass, turn right onto Tysons Blvd. 

At next traffic light turn slight right onto Galleria Drive

At 2nd light traffic light turn right onto Jones Branch Drive

Third building on left, across from McLean Hilton

From I 495 

If using express lanes take jones branch exit then left jones branch, 2nd building on right Take I495 North or South

Merge onto Exit 46A Chain Bridge Road/VA-123 S towards Tysons Corner

At first traffic traffic turn right onto Tysons Blvd.

At next traffic light turn right onto Galleria Drive

At the second traffic light take a right on to Jones Branch Dr

Third building on left, across from McLean Hilton