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Thyroid Cancer

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Signs and Symptoms

A number of conditions can cause symptoms similar to thyroid cancer. For example, thyroid nodules or lumps are common and usually not cancerous.

However, there are currently no screening tests for early detection of thyroid cancer. That means detection relies on you or your healthcare practitioner recognizing the signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer. Talk to your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following signs and/or symptoms:

  • A lump that you can feel on your neck, sometimes with no other symptoms
  • Neck swelling
  • Voice changes, including increasing hoarseness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swollen neck lymph nodes without an upper respiratory infection

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