Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid gland is an organ that resides at the base of the throat.  It is responsible for producing hormones that help to control blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate and weight.  Cancer of the thyroid gland occurs when cells located in the thyroid mutate and undergo genetic changes, causing, in most cases, a lump that can be felt in the neck area.  Although thyroid cancer is generally uncommon, there are several different varieties of the disease that can affect different individuals based on age or other previous thyroid conditions the person may have had. Thyroid cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.

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