There are a few visible symptoms of thyroid cancer, being aware of what symptoms to look out for could potentially save your life. A lot of the discomfort that concerns your neck and organs are usual signs you may have thyroid cancer. Find out which symptoms to look out for to know if it’s time to consult your doctor.
7 Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer You Should Keep in Mind
1. Swollen Lymph Node
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One of the very first signs of thyroid cancer is having swollen lymph nodes along your neck where the thyroid gland is. Enlarged lymph nodes are usually indicators of an infection in your body. If your lymph node continues to swollen, you should consult your doctor about a thyroid biopsy and other thyroid tests.
2. Enlarged Neck with Noticeable Lump
Sometimes it can be difficult to notice a swollen lymph node, but an enlarged neck with a noticeable lump at the front of your neck may be a symptom of thyroid cancer. This lump may be a thyroid lump and a sign of thyroid cancer. You may also feel this lump when you’re swallowing.
3. Breathing Difficulty
Due to the lump in your neck, you’re more than likely to have a high breathing difficulty. The thyroid gland is on top of your windpipe or trachea, and your thyroid lump may be putting pressure on it as the thyroid cancer continues to develop.
4. A Hard Time Swallowing
When your thyroid lump continues to largen, you’ll also start having a hard time swallowing. Your esophagus is located below your windpipe, and the pressure of the thyroid lump against it may also put pressure on your esophagus.
5. Having a Hoarse Voice
Another organ your thyroid gland is very close to is your larynx or voice box. Its proximity to your developing thyroid lump may also press against your voice box and cause some hoarseness or changes in your voice, but this is one of the most unusual symptoms of thyroid cancer.
6. Persistent Coughing
Of course, not all coughs are symptoms of thyroid cancer. Some coughs may be due to respiratory problems or a simple cold. There’s no harm in getting your cough checked out, especially if it continues despite medication. A persistent and unusual coughing may be due to a thyroid lump in your neck.
7. Constant Pain in Your Neck
Similar to a persistent cough, if your neck or throat continues to be in pain for more than a few weeks, it may be time to see your doctor. Your thyroid lump and swollen lymph nodes may be putting stress on your neck and throat.
Watch this video from Lilypad & Bow to find out how to look for the signs of thyroid cancer!
Feeling pain is your body’s simplest way of telling you there’s something wrong. Your swollen lymph node and thyroid lump may be putting pressure on the other organs along your neck and causing you discomfort. They may be small pains and disturbances, but an early detection of thyroid cancer may help in a faster and more successful recovery.
Do you know someone who is diagnosed with thyroid cancer? Do you know other symptoms of thyroid cancer? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
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