There are a lot of types of cancer, all of which are pretty serious. However, given all of the attention on the most common and deadly types, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and a few other notable types, thyroid cancer is something that tends to fly under the radar, both in terms of discussion, and detection too. In fact, when it comes to thyroid cancer, there are a lot of signs and symptoms that may simply go unnoticed. This is because a lot of thyroid symptoms are the ones associated with minor conditions, like the common cold, or allergies.
Fortunately, thyroid cancer has a significantly high survival rate, with 90 % of patients surviving it. This might explain the lack of attention it receives relative to other forms of cancer. However, there are still over 50000 new cases each year, three-fourths of which are women. Treatment options include surgery and radiation therapy, and/or certain medications. As with other illnesses, the sooner you find out about it, the better your outlook. This is why it’s important to take note of any symptoms If you’re experiencing any of the following, don’t ignore them. Instead, you should seek medical counsel immediately.
6. Lumpy Tissue
Perhaps the most obvious sign of cancer is a lump under the skin. That being said, there are numerous causes for lumps; furthermore, lumps vary widely in size, and most end up resolving on their own. Sometimes, lumps don’t come with pain, and therefore they are easy to ignore with the aforementioned expectation that they will go away. In the case of a lump caused by thyroid cancer, it should be fairly noticeable if it is on the front of the thyroid, as the skin there should always be smooth. If it’s a hard lump, it warrants seeking medical attention.
5. Chronic Cold and Cough
Coughing can occur for a wide variety of reasons, and more often than not, they tend to stick around for a long time. While a cold may only last a week (or two, if you’re unlucky), a cough that hangs around much longer than that can potentially indicate a serious problem. If you experience a particularly dry cough in the absence of other symptoms commonly associated with colds, it could be a thyroid problem. Specifically, a swollen or cancerous thyroid might put pressure on the windpipe or trachea, making it difficult to breathe, and therefore leading to fits of coughing.