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What are the symptoms of papillary thyroid cancer?

Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer. About 6 out of 10 thyroid cancers diagnosed (60%) are papillary. This type is more common in women and in younger people. It is usually slow growing. But it can sometimes spread to lymph nodes in the neck or near by. 

Most people with papillary thyroid cancer have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. You may notice a lump in your neck. Some people may have a hoarse voice or difficulty in swallowing. This can be due to pressure from the cancer in the throat. Very occasionally, the cancer can cause a noisy type of breathing called stridor. Some people feel very tired and as though they have no energy or strength. 

There is detailed information about the symptoms of thyroid cancer in our thyroid cancer section.

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Updated: 2 May 2013