Ask the Specialist: Symptoms of thyroid cancer

Interview about thyroid cancer with Dr. Shane Morita, Surgical Oncology Program Director for The Queen’s Medical Center.

1. What is the thyroid and what are the symptoms of thyroid cancer? Should people be examining their necks?

Symptoms of thyroid cancer:

  • Swelling in neck
  • Lump in neck
  • Change in voice
  • Difficulty breathing

2. Are there any trends in thyroid cancer?

Answer: It is one of the types that has progressively increased in incidence. More than 62,000 will be diagnosed in the US.

3. What are the risk factors?

Risk factors for thyroid cancer:

  • Family history
  • Radiation exposure
  • Goiter
  • Female gender
  • Asian race

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month is coming up in September, but you don’t have to wait till then to learn more about it. You can call the Queen’s Cancer Center at 691-8777.

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