By Nick Garcia and Matt Zifchak
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms from thyroid cancer may consist of:
- hoarse voice
- neck pain
- enlarged lymph nodes
How prevalent is thyroid cancer?
-There was only about 13.5 per 100,000 new cases of thyroid cancer.
-Only about 1% of people get thyroid cancer in their lifetime
How is it diagnosed?
-physician examines area of thyroid with suspected cancer or if there is a lump present
-Physicians use tests to find out if cancer is benign or malignant
-TSH test checks the function of the thyroid gland
What are the causes?
- family history of goiter
- exposure to high levels of radiation
- certain hereditary syndromes
What happens at the cellular and molecular level?
-lump can develop
-abnormal cells grow on thyroid gland
What are the treatments? What are the cures?
-most treatments are successful
-some treatment options include chemo, surgery, and radioactive iodine
-neck dissection and radiation therapy are other common treatments
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