Little-Known But Visible Symptom Of Thyroid Cancer: Young Woman Shares Her Photo To Let Others Know What It Looks Like

Date June 13, 2018 16:01

Thyroid cancer isn’t getting plenty of attention, although it’s quite common. The disease is the twelfth most common type of cancer in the United States, but it isn’t talked about very often, as few people die from it. Anyway, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of the disease to be able to stop it in time.

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Lorna’s thyroid cancer diagnosis: it came out of the blue

Some of the signs may be in plain sight, but we may not recognize them as such. Luckily for Lorna Nickson Brown, an actress, and producer from the UK, her mother alerted her to one of this signs, which probably saved her life.

In 2015, Lorna was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It was such a shock to her: how could she, a healthy 26-year-old woman, get the disease?

She had no idea something was wrong with her until her mother pointed out a lump in her neck. Three months later, the young woman went to her doctor, who confirmed the lump was a thyroid nodule, as she told indy100.

Later, a biopsy revealed that the nodule was cancerous. Lorna’s doctors agreed that partial thyroidectomy (removing only part of the thyroid) would be the best course of action in her case. The left half of Lorna’s thyroid – the part that had the cancerous nodule – was successfully removed.

At first, the woman thought opening up about her diagnosis and treatment could affect her career, so she kept quiet. But then she realized making her story public could help others and decided to share it.

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What is thyroid cancer and how to recognize it?

Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer affecting the thyroid, which is the gland that makes hormones needed to regulate metabolism. Most people who get the disease, receive the diagnosis early and make full recovery. In the United States, the 5-year survival rate for thyroid cancer is 98.1 percent.

Symptoms of thyroid cancer can include the following:

  • a visible and palpable lump in the neck;
  • pain in the neck;
  • changes in voice, such as hoarseness;
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck;
  • difficulty swallowing;
  • difficulty breathing.

Not everyone with thyroid cancer has all of these symptoms, and they may be caused by other conditions. But if you get them, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Source: indy100, SELF, NHS UK

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