Welcome to our Thyroid Cancer Forum and Community
Our thyroid cancer forum and support group is free and open to anyone dealing with thyroid cancer and their friends and families. Join our global support community to connect with other thyroid cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Here community members share help and support each other in their journeys. Our thyroid cancer discussion forum offers a safe and secure place for anyone who wants to share their concerns, ask questions, or share their personal stories and experiences. You can also read what other community members are feeling and facing along their journeys and support them by sharing your relevant experience or any suggestion.
About Thyroid Cancer:
In this disease, healthy cells in the thyroid gland changes and grows abruptly to form a mass called a tumor. The tumor can be cancerous or benign. Cancerous tumor means that the mass can grow and spread to the other parts of the body and benign tumor means that the mass can grow in size but will not spread anywhere else. 90% of all thyroid tumors are benign.
As per statistics report of American Cancer Society, in 2019 there will be approximately 52,070 new cases of thyroid cancer in the United States.
Types of thyroid cancer:
- Papillary Thyroid Cancer: It is the most common form of thyroid cancer which starts growing from the follicular cells and can spread to the lymph nodes. Its growth rate is usually slow.
- Follicular Thyroid Cancer: This type of thyroid cancer also starts developing from the follicular cells but it is less common than Papillary thyroid cancer. It rarely spreads to the lymph nodes.
- Medullary Thyroid Cancer: It starts from the C cells and is sometimes the result of MEN2 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasma Type 2) which is a genetic syndrome. It accounts for 3% of all thyroid cancer cases.
- Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer: It is a rare (1% of all thyroid cancer cases) and aggressive form of thyroid cancer which may start from differentiated thyroid cancer or a benign thyroid tumor.
- Hurthle Cell Cancer: It is also known as Hurthle Cell Carcinoma and it starts from a certain type of follicular cells.
Thyroid Cancer Risk Factors:
- Gender: Females are more susceptible to thyroid cancer as compared to the men.
- Age: Older people are more prone to thyroid cancer as compared to young adults.
- Diet with high iodine intake.
- Genetic alterations.
- Previous or Family history of thyroid cancer.
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms:
- Lump or swelling in the neck.
- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Pain in the neck
- Hoarseness of voice
- Chronic cough.
As per CancerBro, raising awareness for thyroid cancer has become a necessity of the present situation to save precious lives taken by the disease every year. We regularly post updates on our social media handles and blog regularly to make people aware about the potential risk factors of thyroid cancer, its early symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and what are the various treatment options available. We also encourage you to spread the word against thyroid cancer.
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