What Are Thyroid Cancer? Essay

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What is Thyroid Cancer?

Per my research from the website www.endocrineweb.com “First, your thyroid is located at the front of your neck near the base of your throat. The butterfly-shaped gland wraps around your windpipe. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, a group of hormone-secreting glands that regulate body functions. Your thyroid glands secrete hormones to regulate your body’s heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and metabolism.” (Bridget Brady MD, 2016)

“Cancer arise from cells that have undergone a change (malignant transformation) and begin to abnormally divide and multiply. Tumor growth maybe slow or progress rapidly and invade or spread (metastasize) into other tissues. There are 4-types of thyroid cancer based on their cell of origin and their appearance and / or characteristics.

What cell type is affected. Describe the defect in cellular reproduction responsible for the cancer.

Thyroid cancer is generally first suspected by a lump or nodule in the thyroid gland. To make an accurate diagnosis of thyroid cancer, the thyroid cells will need to be closely examined. Since a cancer cell usually looks different than a normal cell, the type of thyroid cancer is determined by microscopic examination of the thyroid cells found in the nodule (neck lump) or growth. If surgery is recommended, the nodule(s) and/ or mass is removed and examined by pathologist to establish the diagnosis.

Papillary Thyroid Cancer

· Also, termed papillary thyroid…

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