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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that is responsible for secreting hormones that affect the metabolism and growth of almost every cell in the body. Bodily functions such as temperature, digestion, and heart rate are all regulated by these hormones. Often, the first sign of thyroid cancer is a nodule, or an unusual growth of cells, in the thyroid gland.
Most patients with thyroid cancer in its early stages don’t present symptoms, so nodules are typically discovered during routine exams for unrelated reasons1. The majority of these nodules end up being benign, with thyroid cancer accounting for only a small percentage of the observed growths, even though the condition is the most common endocrine malignancy and…READ MORE