Thyroid cancer

Noticing symptoms

Thyroid cancer

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Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Examples of symptoms are having a cough, a pain or a lump.  

Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP. 

What you need to know

Symptoms of thyroid cancer

It is important to know what is normal for you.  If you notice any changes see your GP and tell them what you have noticed.

Symptoms can seem minor and develop slowly, but they should not be ignored.

Symptoms of thyroid cancer can include:

  • a lump in the neck that isn’t painful
  • a hoarse voice
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • a persistent cough.
Most symptoms are not caused by cancer, but it is always best to let your doctor know about any symptoms you have. Cancers that are diagnosed early can be easier to treat.

Next steps

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns. 

Remember, cancers that are found earlier can be easier to treat.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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