Thyroid Awareness Month
Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer that affects the thyroid gland, which is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck that produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. During Thyroid Awareness Month, it's important to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for thyroid cancer.
Some key things to know about thyroid cancer include:
Risk factors: Some factors that may increase your risk of thyroid cancer include radiation exposure, a family history of thyroid cancer, and certain genetic conditions. Symptoms: Symptoms of thyroid cancer may include a lump or swelling in the neck, difficulty swallowing or breathing, hoarseness, and persistent pain in the neck or throat.
Types: There are several different types of thyroid cancer, including papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. The type of thyroid cancer you have may influence your treatment options.
Diagnosis: Thyroid cancer is typically diagnosed through a combination of a physical exam, imaging tests (such as ultrasound or CT scan), and a biopsy (tissue sample) of the thyroid gland.
Treatment: Treatment for thyroid cancer may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or hormone therapy. The specific treatment plan will depend on the type and stage of the cancer.
If you have any concerns about thyroid cancer or your thyroid health, it's important to speak with your doctor. They can provide you with more information and help you determine your best course of action.