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Thyroid Cancer (cont.)

Thyroid Cancer Symptoms

Thyroid cancer typically presents as a thyroid nodule, or lump, that sometimes can be felt in the front of the throat. Most thyroid nodules are benign; less than 5% are cancerous.

A thyroid nodule larger than 1 cm that is found to have decreased iodine uptake on a nuclear medicine thyroid scan needs to be evaluated with a fine needle aspiration biopsy.

Rarely, thyroid cancer can present with other symptoms, including hoarseness; neck enlargement, causing difficulty breathing, or swallowing; cough; neck pain; swollen lymph nodes; or weight loss.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/5/2015
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