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How can I be tested for thyroid cancer?

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There are no recommended screening tests for thyroid cancer. Most people find out they have a tumor when they (or a doctor) feel lumps or swelling in their neck. Sometimes a doctor spots the problem when you get an ultrasound for another reason. Definitely tell your doctor if you feel a lump in your neck or if you have any symptoms such as trouble breathing or swallowing.

From: 5 Curable Cancers WebMD Medical Reference

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Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Jay Brooks, MD, chairman of hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge.

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society: "Breast Cancer," "Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Mammograms Save Lives," "Melanoma Skin Cancer," "Prostate Cancer Prevention and Early Detection," "Testicular Cancer," "Thyroid Cancer," "Treatment Types," "When Cancer Comes Back: Cancer Recurrence."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Breast Cancer Screening - for health professionals," "Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test," "SEER Stat Fact Sheets," "Skin Cancer Screening," "Testicular Cancer Screening."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "PSA & DRE Screening," "What Is Prostate Cancer?"

Tangen, C.M. , October 2012. Journal of Urology

California Cancer Registry: "Cancer Stage at Diagnosis."

CDC: "What Screening Tests Are There for Prostate Cancer?"

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer: Screening," "Prostate Cancer: Screening."

The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)," "Thyroid Cancer: Papillary Thyroid Cancer (PTC)."

Einhorn, L. E. , April 2, 2002. Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Metastatic Melanoma."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "The ABCDEs of Melanoma Screening," "Detection & Screening."

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: "Our Progress."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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