THYROID CANCER SYMPTOMS

Thyroid cancer hardly causes any symptoms in its early stages and is often only noticed as the tumour grows in size.

Sufferers notice a growing lump in the thyroid, which places pressure on the gullet (oesophagus) or windpipe (trachea). This can cause problems eating, breathing or talking. 

If lymph nodes in the neck are affected by a tumour, they are often swollen, firm and difficult to move around.

However, symptoms are different for everyone and can vary in severity from one person to the next. If you are in any doubt whether you might have symptoms of thyroid cancer, you should see your family doctor or physician.

 

Symptoms

Thyroid cancer hardly causes any symptoms in its early stages and is often only noticed as the tumour grows in size. Sufferers notice a growing lump in the thyroid, which places pressure on the gullet (oesophagus) or windpipe (trachea). This can cause problems eating, breathing or talking.

If lymph nodes in the neck are affected by a tumour, they are often swollen, firm and difficult to move around.

Advanced medullary thyroid cancer can cause persistent diarrhoea and flushing although these symptoms are not common, occurring in around 10% of cases at diagnosis. Avoiding alcohol and high-fibre foods is recommended. If the diarrhoea continues, your doctor may prescribe a medicine to slow down the movement of food through your bowel.