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Thyroid Cancer Symptoms

When thyroid cancer is found early, you have a higher chance for successful treatment. Unfortunately, thyroid cancer often has few or no signs. When it does have symptoms, they vary from person to person. If you do have symptoms, they may include:

  • Lump or nodule in the front of the neck
  • Enlargement of the thyroid or swelling in the neck
  • Pain in the front of the neck that may stretch to the ears
  • Change in voice or hoarseness
  • Breathing problems, especially the feeling that you are breathing through a straw
  • Cough that does not go away and is not caused by a cold
  • Cough with blood
  • Swallowing problems

These symptoms do not always mean you have thyroid cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

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  • One of nation’s most active programs
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  • Genetic testing and expertise in the care of hereditary thyroid disease
  • Accurate and precise diagnosis
  • Clinical trials of new therapies

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