Thyroid Nodules Facts

Filed under: Thyroid Nodules - 21 Oct 2011  | Spread the word !

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Nowadays, there are many factors that can endanger our health. The first and main reason is that we do not take proper care of ourselves and we usually fail to go to a doctor because of our busy schedules. However, you should know that there are health issues, like thyroid nodules, that cannot be detected unless you go through an examination, because they do not cause any symptoms. There are many facts that you should know about thyroid nodules, just so you can be prepared and to know what to expect.

First, thyroid nodules are lumps, or abnormal growths, that form within the thyroid gland, which is located at the base of the neck. The comforting thing is that most thyroid nodules are non-cancerous, but they can be malign as well. If the thyroid nodules are hard, stuck to nearby structures, or if you have a family history of thyroid cancer, the chances of your thyroid nodules to be cancerous are higher. This is why getting a complete check-out at least once a year is very important. If thyroid nodules are discovered, you must consult an endocrinologist or an endocrine surgeon, who will take care of the problem, depending on your health condition, type and size of thyroid nodules.

You should also know that thyroid nodules are very common nowadays. Remember though that most of the thyroid nodules are not cancerous, so if you feel a lump on your neck do not get panicked, because it may not be that serious. Then, thyroid nodules are more likely to develop on women. Statistics show that one in 12 young women has thyroid nodules, while only one in 40 men has them. Then, the age is a factor that influences the incidence of thyroid nodules, as the probability of getting them increases when getting older. The cause of thyroid nodules is still unknown, but people with thyroid problems and a family history of thyroid diseases are more at risk.

You can easily find out if the thyroid nodules are benign or malign, through a biopsy. Then, depending on the result, your doctor will know what to do next. The important thing is that you visit your doctor as often as you can, because although most thyroid nodules are benign, you can never know for sure. You know what they say, it is better to prevent than to treat, so take these thyroid nodules facts seriously.

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