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Thyroid cancer

Review

Review

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The thyroid is a gland in the neck.

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Cancer is a disease that starts in the cells of

your body.

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Nodules are small, often round areas of

abnormal tissue. Most nodules are not cancer

(benign) but some may be cancer (malignant).

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Anything that increases your chances of having

cancer is called a risk factor.

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Contact with ionizing radiation is the only thing

in the environment known to cause thyroid

cancer.

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Doctors need to assess your health and learn

about your symptoms.

Thyroid cancer affects people of

all ages. I was diagnosed at 21.

- Bridget

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Thyroid Cancer, Version 1.2017