Font Size
A
A
A

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 6/26/2014
Medical Author:
Coauthor:

Must Read Articles Related to Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Facts
Thyroid FAQs The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine (hormone) system. The thyroid gland produces two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). Diseases of the...learn more >>
Thyroid Medications
Thyroid Medications Thyroid medications treat diseases of the thyroid, including hyperthyroidism (such as Graves' disease), hypothyroidism, thyroid disorders in pregnancy, post-par...learn more >>
Thyroid Nodules
Thyroid Nodules Thyroid nodules are lumps that are either solid or fluid-filled. Thyroid nodules may be benign or malignant (cancerous). Thyroid nodules may be caused by goiter...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Thyroid Cancer:

Thyroid Cancer - Symptoms

The symptoms of thyroid cancer can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Thyroid Cancer - Treatment

What were the symptoms of your thyroid cancer?

Thyroid Cancer - Tests and Diagnosis

How was your thyroid cancer diagnosed?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Thyroid Cancer »

Thyroid malignancy occurs with relative infrequency in the United States, though benign thyroid disease is relatively common.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary