Related articles: Thyroid cancer
DefinitionThyroid cancer affects the cells of this butterfly-shaped gland, located at the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple. Thyroid cancer is not very common, it can be either benign or malignant and has a low degree of mortality. In recent years, however, its incidence has seemed to increase, probably thanks to the improved technologies that allow it to be diagnosed even in the early stages. This type of neoplasm, in fact, often shows no signs of self, progresses very slowly and is poorly invasive.
Most common symptoms and signs *
- Lowering of the voice
- Mass or swelling in the neck
- Knot in the throat
- Multiple pulmonary nodules
- Solitary pulmonary nodule
- Paralysis of the vocal cords
- Weight loss
Very often, the first symptom of thyroid cancer is the presence of a nodule in the region of the neck corresponding to the anatomical site of this gland. Remember, however, that most adults have small thyroid nodules, but that only a very small percentage of them (about 5%) are malignant. Other symptoms typically associated with thyroid cancer are swollen lymph nodes in the neck, pain in the front of the neck, difficulty swallowing and changes in tone of voice.