What is the difference between thyroid imbalance and thyroid cancer?

Benign vs malignant. Thyroid imbalance describes a benign hormonal condition such as thyroiditis, graves disease or toxic multinodular goiter and is usually benign. These can be treated medically, surgically or with radioactive iodine if hyperthyroid. Thyroid cancer is cancer and needs surgery to remove it.
Benign and malignant. Thyroid imbalance/ hormonal imbalace may present benign thyroid gland conditions: adenoma, thyroiditis, graves disease. Thyroid cancer-malignant tumor, can be silent, can show hormonal changes.

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I want to know what is the difference between under active thyroid cancer and anxiety disorder?

Hyper/hypothyroidism. I think no one answered your question because medically it does not make clear sense. Low thyroid, underactive with no cancer makes a person sluggish, slows metabolism. Weight gain, cold intolerance, coarse hair, dry skin. Overactive thyroid, no cancer, increased metabolism. Nervousness, palpitations, sweating, diarrhea, are all symptoms of hyperthyroidism. All of the above symptoms can occur with abnormal thyroid, and have nothing to do with thyroid cancer. That is a separate entity. Read more...