The thyroid is located at the base of the neck, below the Adam’s apple, and its shape resembles that of a butterfly. When cells grow out of control, cancer can start in the thyroid, which is the gland that helps regulate many of the body’s important functions. Many types of growths and tumors can appear in the one or both of the thyroid’s two lobes, and they can be either benign or cancerous in nature. Different cancers can grow in the thyroid, including papillary cancer, follicular cancer and hurthle cell cancer. These can all produce many different symptoms. Let’s explore the most prominent symptoms below.

1. Coughing

Coughing can be related to so many different types of illnesses, so it should never be taken on its own that it is an indicator of something as potentially serious as thyroid cancer. However, if a cough persists, and if there seems to be no other apparent illness associated with it, then it could be caused from the pressure of a nodule or a cancerous growth on the thyroid. This cough can also be triggered by pain caused from this pressure, as well. When coupled with other symptoms of thyroid cancer, it is always best to seek the opinion of a health care professional.