Wednesday, September 20, 2006

About thyroid

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. Although it only weighs about an ounce, the thyroid can have a tremendous impact on your health. The thyroid’s function is to create thyroid hormone, which regulates every aspect of your metabolism.

Thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine system Cancerous thyroid nodules are often detected by a lump in the thyroid or swelling in the neck Normal thyroid cells may grow, forming a solid or fluid-filled lump in the thyroid. There are generally no symptoms of thyroid. Women are more likely to suffer from thyroid disease than men.

Thyroid cancers tend to develop at a slow pace, and it may take some time before any symptoms of thyroid appear. Most types of thyroid cancer can be treated successfully with early detection and appropriate surgical procedures.

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