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Do thyroid nodules grow into cancer?

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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

The diagnosis of thyroid cancer is generally made by biopsying a thyroid nodule, but most nodules are not cancerous and many do not need to be biopsied.
The best thing to do is to be examined by somebody who is very experienced in this area.

In brief: Sometimes

The diagnosis of thyroid cancer is generally made by biopsying a thyroid nodule, but most nodules are not cancerous and many do not need to be biopsied.
The best thing to do is to be examined by somebody who is very experienced in this area.
Dr. Eric Whitman
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Dr. Alen Cohen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Thyroid nodules are quite common.
The majority are benign, 80% or so. However any nodule over 1 cm needs to be biopsied via an ultrasound guided fna to determine if benign or cancerous. If a nodule starts to change in size and get larger, that is a bit concerning that it may be cancerous.

In brief: Sometimes

Thyroid nodules are quite common.
The majority are benign, 80% or so. However any nodule over 1 cm needs to be biopsied via an ultrasound guided fna to determine if benign or cancerous. If a nodule starts to change in size and get larger, that is a bit concerning that it may be cancerous.
Dr. Alen Cohen
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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes yes.

Most thyroid nodules are benign (approximately 95%) and have no malignant potential.
Some nodules are called adenomas and some of these secrete hormone resulting in hyperthyroidism. These would show up as "hot" on a thyroid scan. "hot" nodules are most always benign. "cold" nodules which do not take up radioactive iodine are the potentially cancerous nodules (15-20%). You may see an encrinologist.

In brief: Sometimes yes.

Most thyroid nodules are benign (approximately 95%) and have no malignant potential.
Some nodules are called adenomas and some of these secrete hormone resulting in hyperthyroidism. These would show up as "hot" on a thyroid scan. "hot" nodules are most always benign. "cold" nodules which do not take up radioactive iodine are the potentially cancerous nodules (15-20%). You may see an encrinologist.
Dr. Carl Decker
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