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Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms

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A persistent cough is one of the symptoms of thyroid cancer.

What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer? 

These are the most common symptoms of thyroid cancer:

  • A lump or swelling over your thyroid or elsewhere in your neck 

  • A cough that is persistent, or won't go away, without symptoms of a cold

  • Hoarseness or other changes in your voice that are persistent

  • Neck pain, especially in the front of your neck that can radiate up to your ears

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Swollen neck

  • Trouble breathing that feels like you are breathing through a straw

  • Trouble swallowing

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Hurd, Robert, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Date Last Reviewed: 1/13/2016
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