Important Facts About Thyroid Cancer
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month and OHC wants to remind you to take time to educate yourself and loved ones about the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options.
Thyroid cancer often has an excellent prognosis when detected early, and there have been recent efforts to be less aggressive with treatment of these early stage tumors. However, there are also more aggressive forms that require more intensive treatment.
Most people with thyroid cancer have no known risk factors, so it isn’t possible to prevent most cases of this disease. Here are the most common symptoms of thyroid cancer. If you have any of these signs or symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.
- A lump or swelling in the neck
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Ongoing cough not caused by a cold
- Neck pain
These symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer. It’s important, though, to see your doctor right away if you have these symptoms. If it’s cancer, you’ll want to catch it as early as possible and begin treatment.
Here are some general facts about thyroid cancer you may not be aware of.
- Thyroid cancer has had the fastest increase in incidence of any cancer in recent years, although much of this may be due to increased detection of early stage cases.
- Thyroid cancer affects people of all ages, from young children to seniors.
- Both women and men get thyroid cancer — more than two-thirds of the people with thyroid cancer are women.
- Thyroid cancer has many types and variants, with treatment tailored to the type and individual.
- When found early, thyroid cancer is usually treatable and in some cases can be observed.
- A simple neck examination done by a medical professional during a routine appointment can detect a thyroid nodule.
- Most thyroid nodules are benign, not cancer. However, some thyroid cancers are aggressive and difficult to treat.
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Source: ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.