Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Symptoms & Causes

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Pediatric thyroid cancer causes

As a parent, you undoubtedly want to know what may have caused your child’s tumor. Doctors have discovered that unusually high exposure to radiation—such as is sometimes used to treat other cancers—can cause children to develop thyroid cancer in the future; in fact, this is one reason that radiation is no longer used to treat benign conditions. In rare cases, thyroid cancers can be familial (inherited). However, the vast majority of children who develop thyroid cancer have no known risk factors.

Pediatric thyroid cancer symptoms

Most children who are diagnosed with thyroid cancer feel well at the time of diagnosis.

While symptoms may vary from child to child, the most common include:
•    A lump in the neck
•    Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
•    Unexplained hoarseness
•    Difficulty with swallowing        

Keep in mind that similar symptoms can be associated with more common medical problems and conditions. Therefore, it is important to consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
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