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Cancer of the Thyroid (Thyroid Cancer) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Thyroid cancer is cancer of the gland in front of the neck that normally produces thyroid hormone which is important to the normal regulation of the metabolism of the body. There are four major types of thyroid cancer - papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic. Persons who received radiation to the head or neck in childhood should be examined by a doctor every 1 to 2 years as radiation therapy puts them at serious risk for thyroid cancer. The most common symptom of thyroid cancer is a lump, or nodule, that can be felt in the neck. The only certain way to tell whether a thyroid lump is cancer is by examining the thyroid tissue obtained using a needle or surgery for biopsy.



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