Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer? 

The most common symptoms of thyroid cancer include:

  • A lump or swelling over your thyroid or somewhere else in your neck 

  • A cough that lasts, or won't go away, without symptoms of a cold

  • Hoarseness or other changes in your voice that are persistent

  • Neck pain, especially in the front of your neck (near your Adam's apple) that can spread up to your ears

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Swollen neck

  • Trouble breathing that feels like you are breathing through a straw

  • Trouble swallowing

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

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