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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you have signs of thyroid cancer on ultrasound?

6 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Microcalcifications, unusual shape, increased blood flow, associated abnormal lymph nodes, and growth beyond the thyroid capsule are all signs of a thyroid malignancy.
Dr. Stephanie Lee
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Thyroid: Yes. Some worrisome but not diagnostic signs are a black nodule that us taller than wide with an irregular margin , calcification, vigorous blood flow and abnormal local lymph nodes.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Yes: An ultrasound can reveal certain features that are worrisome for possible cancer, but ultrasound cannot diagnose cancer with certainty. That requires a biopsy or surgical excision and pathological examination.
Dr. inderjit Deol
Pathology 41 years experience
Ultrasound can reveal a mass in the thyroid, but can not give definite diagnosis of cancer. It needs other procedures; such as fine needle aspiration or surgical biopsy for pathological examination.
May 25, 2015
Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Yes: Solid thyroid masses that are large, have characteristic internal calcifications, irregular borders, increased blood flow on doppler ultrasound, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the area are generally concerning for malignancy. However, when we biopsy these nodules with a needle most turn out benign.
Dr. Brendan Stack jr., md, facs, face
Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Ultrasound.: There ar several features of thyroid cancer. They include, by are not limited to: blurred borders, microcalcifications, increase vascularity, extension outside the thyroid gland, etc.
Dr. Stephanie Lee
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Thyroid nodule: You cannot always diagnose a thyroid cancer on ultrasound but what increases the risk are : very black or hypoechoic nodule, a taller than wide nodule, a nodule with calcification, evidence of invasion outside the thyroid nodule and abnormal local lymph nodes.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are all the signs of thyroid cancer?

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Dr. David Djang
Nuclear Medicine 23 years experience
Nothing specific.: Generally, people feel normal when they have thyroid cancer. That is the main reason that it can be hard to discover. Your physician should feel your thyroid during a routine physical examination. If he/she feels anything unusual, an ultrasound would be the most common next test.
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What are the signs of having thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Variable: Signs and symptoms depend on the type and stage of thyroid cancer. Most thyroid cancers do not cause much symptoms or signs in the early stages. The commonest sign would a lump in the neck. You may consult this site for info: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/thyroid-cancer-topic-overview#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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