The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apples. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland influences the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.
Surgery is generally the first and most common treatment for thyroid cancer. Sometimes it is the only treatment.
A surgeon will remove as much of the thyroid cancer as possible through one of the following operations:
An estimated 15 million of Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection and in some cases help you find lumps or enlargements in the neck that may point to a thyroid condition, you can perform a simple Neck Check self-exam. Here is a step-by-step guide.