Getting diagnosed

Find out about the tests you might have, screening and when you should see a specialist.

Seeing your GP

It can be difficult to remember everything you want to say. Get tips on how to make the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a thyroid specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to thyroid cancer.

Screening for thyroid cancer

There is no screening programme for thyroid cancer. But some people, who may be at a high risk of developing thyroid cancer, can have a screening test. 

Tests for thyroid cancer

You might have an ultrasound or a needle biopsy to diagnose thyroid cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
25 May 2021
Next review due: 
27 May 2024
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