Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer – As the name suggests this cancer originates in the thyroid gland found in the middle of the neck directly below Adam’s apple. The Thyroid gland consists of a right and left gland thinly joined together in the middle with cartilage. Abnormal cell growth in the thyroid gland is how it manifests itself in the form of a lump. This type of cancer affects women much more commonly than men and is often found at an earlier age than other types of cancer. With early detection and treatment, Thyroid cancer is one of the more treatable cancers. The five-year survival rate ranges from nearly 100% for stage 1, (the earliest and least serious stage) to just over 50% for stage IV (the latest caught and most serious stage).

Papillary Thyroid Cancer – There are three main categories of thyroid cancer: medullary, anaplastic, and differentiated. Papillary cancer falls into this last category. This type of cancer accounts for about 80 percent of all types of Thyroid cancer.

Symptoms – As with many kinds of cancer, often your best weapons are knowledge and early detection. The signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include pain in the neck, a lump in the neck, a cough (that isn’t due to a cold or other known cause), difficulty breathing or swallowing, and voice changes that just don’t go away. While it is important to know that lumps in the thyroid gland are common and generally benign (non-cancerous) it is always important to check with your doctor if you notice one to make sure it is not something more serious.

Ribbon – The thyroid cancer awareness ribbon is teal/pink and blue

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