Thyroid Cancer develops when thyroid cells divide in an abnormal way into one of the four types of thyroid cancer.
FOUR TYPES OF THYROID CANCER
Thyroid cancer appears to be increasing in frequency and is almost always treated successfully (95% can be cured). The most common sign of thyroid cancer is the development of a lump in or on the thyroid gland or swelling of the gland. Other symptoms suggesting thyroid cancer include hoarseness of the voice, difficulty in swallowing and swelling of the lymph glands in the neck.
Treatment for thyroid cancer is surgical removal of the thyroid gland, (total thyroidectomy) usually followed by radioactive iodine therapy and lifelong thyroxine replacement therapy (Levothyroxine). Please read Treatments and Medications for more information.
If you have any of these symptoms, please consult your doctor. Initially, your doctor will usually order a Thyroid Ultrasound which shows the size, shape and texture of the gland and determined if a thyroid nodule is a concern.
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The mission of The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is to offer support, information and education to members and their families through the many services provided by The ATF and raise awareness about health consequences of iodine deficiency and the benefits of good thyroid health.