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How Do You Know If You Have Thyroid Cancer?

Postby Wystan » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:03 pm

The symptoms im having now are difficulty breathing & swalling, neck pain at time but most annoying thing is my neck always being uncomfortable especially when sleeping. I don't know if I have a lump but I have noticed a lump, i'm confused :/ I had a blood test 4 weeks ago & still haven't got my results, whats going on? I have hypothyroidism btw 16 female
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How Do You Know If You Have Thyroid Cancer?

Postby Tohopka » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:08 pm

Hello,

As other forum users have suggested, you cannot easily work out for yourself what might be the matter. This is because the symptoms of thyroid cancer may be similar to those that people get with benign (non cancerous) conditions.
Therefore it is really only a doctor who can diagnose what might be the matter. So do go back to your GP and ask them about your symptoms. This is the best way of putting your mind at rest.

You mentioned that you have an under active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
As you probably knows this means that your thyroid gland is not making enough thyroid hormones. In some people with hypothyroidism the thyroid gland can get bigger because it grows to try to make more thyroid hormones. This enlargement is called a goitre.

A large goitre can press on the food pipe (oesophagus) and the wind pipe (trachea) and cause the types of symptoms you describe. So, although I cannot know this for sure, I do not think it is very likely that you have thyroid cancer. The symptoms are probably related to the hypothyroidism. Also thyroid cancer is an uncommon cancer and it would very rare in a person of your age. But do go back to see your doctor just to be on the safe side.

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Postby abornazine39 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:13 pm

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder, and it is thought to affect around six to 10 per cent of women. Getting hypothyroidism under control https://tr.im/9gjRP

The prevalence rises with age - up to a quarter of women over the age of 65 years may be affected. Men are also affected, but less frequently. Hypothyroidism can be either primary or secondary. Primary hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland itself is diseased, while secondary hypothyroidism is caused by problems with the pituitary gland, the brain structure that supervises the thyroid gland. The most common cause of primary hypothyroidism is the autoimmune condition Hashimoto?s disease.
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Postby Willhard » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:15 pm

The only way to know if you have thyroid cancer is the same as the only way of knowing if you have any other form of cancer, you get told by the Dr after the appropriate examination and testing.

Have you been back to the Dr since getting your blood test? That is where you will get your results and have the opportunity to ask questions so you are no longer confused.
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Postby Dano » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:16 pm

So to have a blood test you are already under the care of your Dr and always the first round starts with a blood test to look at the thyroid levels and also to look for evidence of infection.

My friend had her thyroid removed for cancer and she had a lump and abnormal blood tests and a range of physical symptoms related to her thyroid gland not functioning properly.

If your Dr thought you had a tumour he would have fast tracked you into the NHS cancer pathway which is almost immediate referral. There are other options for your symptoms as well as the scary one you are worried about.
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