Thyroid Nodules: Should We be Concerned?

Thyroid nodules are extremely common, although most people who develop them will be unaware of their presence. For some however, thyroid nodules can be a sign of a serious health issue. What are thyroid nodules, and when should we be concerned about them enough to seek treatment? Thyroid nodules are hard lumps which occur on the thyroid gland, behind the Adams apple and can contain fluid. They are often discovered during a medical exam, or when noticeable symptoms occur, like pain, discomfort in the throat, swelling, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. Although most thyroid nodules are benign growths, others can affect thyroid hormone production (Thyroxine), or even develop into cancer. For this reason, it is important to take any changes in the thyroid seriously and seek treatment if necessary. What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules? One of the most common symptoms of thyroid nodules, is a slight swelling of the neck. This can also be