Thyroid Cancer Symptoms and Treament Options
people can develop a lump in their thyroid glands. In the vast
majority of cases it turns out to be benign and easily treatable.
However there are about 20,000 new cases where the lump turns out to be cancerous and develops into thyroid
cancer. This is a much more serious situation. However like most other cancers, the disease can be much more effectively
treated if it is diagnosed in the earliest stages. So it’s
important to pay close attention to some of the key thyroid cancer symptoms.
gland is a butterfly shaped organ which produces hormones to help regulate the metabolism. Thyroid can occur in both and women but there are some important risk factors
to be aware of. They include:
Age. This disease is more common in people who are over 30 than children
Women tend to be affected by this
disease much more so than men. As a matter of fact they
are 2 to 3 time more likely to be affected by it than a man.
Caucasians tend to be more at risk
for developing thyroid cancer than African Americans
Exposure to radiation such as
receiving radiation treatments or nuclear fallout can increase the risk of developing this
And family history can play an
several types of thyroid cancer. The most common types respond very
well to treatment and can usually be cured if detected in the early stages of development. Other types which are not as common tend to exhibit a rapid growth rate and do
not respond as well to available treatments.
difficulty with detecting early stages of the thyroid cancer is that there tends to be no
symptoms. As the cancer grows, it may create a small lump or
nodule in the neck. As indicated earlier, the vast majority of
these lumps or nodules are benign. But in about one percent of
the cases it turns out to malignant (cancerous). So if you
experience the presence of this type of lump, get it checked out immediately.
symptoms can include the following:
A problem with
swallowing. A growing tumor in the thyroid can affect the
normal swallowing response
The voice may become
hoarse. This is especially true if the cancer becomes more
widespread and affects other nearby organs like the voice box.
The lymph nodes in the neck may
become enlarged and tender
A person may have difficulty in
And there may be pain experienced in
the throat or neck area
If any of
these symptoms arise, they should be checked into further. A doctor
would first perform a physical exam. This would usually be followed
by some type of imaging test along with a biopsy of the tissue from affected areas.
If a positive
diagnosis is made, several treatment options may be employed. The
specific type of treatment can depend on the type of cancer, stage of cancer and overall health of the
patient. But as indicated earlier, this disease can be effectively
treated if it is identified in the early stages.