Thyroid cancer is a condition that develops when you get an abnormal growth on the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland tends to regulate the metabolism of your body. It makes hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy and that help your body work normally. Symptoms of the condition include a lump in the throat, pain the neck, trouble in swallowing, hoarseness of voice and frequent episodes of cough and cold.
HOW IS THYROID CANCER DIAGNOSED?
The condition can be easily diagnosed by a general physician by a thorough physical examination. A laryngoscopy is suggested for definitive diagnosis. A CT scan or an ultrasound may also be advised. You may also have blood tests to check the levels of your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), serum calcitonin, or carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA).
HOW IS THYROID CANCER TREATED?
Thyroid cancer has very good treatment history. People with this cancer do very well with medications as the cancer can be identified at an early stage and can be easily treated.
DID YOU KNOW?
People who have been exposed to a lot of radiation have a greater chance of getting thyroid cancer. A dental X-ray now and then will not increase your chance of getting thyroid cancer.