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Understanding Thyroid Cancer

The good news is that most cases of thyroid cancer can be found early and treated successfully.

But do you know what your thyroid is, the symptoms of thyroid cancer and what to do if you believe you are at risk? We invite you to keep reading.

The thyroid produces hormones that help regulate your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. It is a two-inch long, butterfly-shaped gland found inside your neck right under your larynx.

Albuquerque woman with colon cancer appreciative of Lovelace Cancer Center staff

Mary Vasquez, 61, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colon Cancer in 2017 after a routine colonoscopy, an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the colon and rectum.

“When I woke up after my colonoscopy, I was told I had colon cancer and they needed to operate,” Vasquez said. “I told them to do what they had to do. They had to cut my colon and sew it back. It was a seven hour surgery.”

After another colonoscopy in February 2019, Vasquez found out her cancer had returned.