World Thyroid Day (and International Thyroid Awareness Week) was established in 2008 as part of a campaign led by the European Thyroid Association and the American Thyroid Association.
It is recognized by the American Thyroid Association, the European Thyroid Association, the Asia & Oceania Thyroid Association, the Latin American Thyroid Society, and the British Thyroid Foundation.
World Thyroid Day highlights five major goals:
1. Increase awareness of thyroid health. 2. Promote understanding of advances made in treating thyroid diseases. 3. Emphasize the prevalence of thyroid diseases. 4. Focus on the urgent need for education and prevention programs. 5. Expand awareness of new treatment modalities.