Thyroid cancer happens when abnormal cells develop in the thyroid and grow out of control.
The thyroid is a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland that plays an important role in your metabolism. Your thyroid creates two hormones that tell your body how quickly it should carry out certain activities such as how fast your heart should beat, how quickly your body should digest your food. It also sets your body temperature and your weight.
Over- or under-activity of your thyroid gland can cause you to lose or gain weight.
In most cases, thyroid cancer is a slow-growing cancer, so it might take a while before you start to notice something is not quite right or feel “off.” That said, here are some signs and symptoms of thyroid disease:
To determine if you have thyroid cancer, your doctor may perform the following tests:
If you have thyroid cancer, the treatment plan your medical team designs for you might include: