Thyroid Cancer Symptoms & Signs
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What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer?
The most common early sign of thyroid cancer is an unusual lump, nodule or swelling in the neck. If you notice a new or growing lump, you should see your doctor, who can run additional tests to identify the cause. Most nodules on the thyroid are usually benign, but it is important to have any unusual growths examined by a health care professional.
Other possible symptoms of thyroid cancer include:
- Neck Pain - In many cases, neck pain starts in the front. In some cases the neck pain may extend all the way to the ears.
- Voice Changes - Experiencing hoarseness or other voice changes that do not go away could be a sign of thyroid cancer.
- Breathing Problems - Sometimes thyroid cancer patients say it feels like they are breathing through a straw. This breathing difficulty is often a symptom of the disease.
- Coughing - A cough that continues and is not related to a cold.
- Trouble Swallowing – A growth or nodule on the thyroid gland may interfere with swallowing.
It is important to know that there are a few non-cancerous conditions, and some neck cancers, that may also produce similar symptoms. It is best to discuss any thyroid cancer symptoms you are experiencing with a doctor who can help you understand what condition, if any, you may have.
Doctors often take a complete medical history to gauge your thyroid cancer risk. If there are apparent risks, such as certain hereditary conditions, your doctor may recommend additional tests that will help them better understand your symptoms.
NOTE: These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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