How To Easily Check If You Have Thyroid Disease

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is located in the front of your neck.

It makes hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy and that help your body work normally. Thyroid cancer develop when abnormal cells begin to grow in your thyroid gland.

Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

Be on the lookout for the following symptoms, as they may indicate the presence of a thyroid tumor:

- Lumps in the neck, sometimes painful
- Soreness in the neck, potentially radiating up to the ears
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- A chronically raspy or hoarse voice
- Coughing not due to sickness or other causes like smoking

How To Check For Growths In Your Thyroid

To check your thyroid for unusual growths, all you will need is a cup of water and a mirror that allows you a good view of your neck.

Step #1: Get a cup of water and a mirror

Fill a cup with water and stand in front of a well-lit mirror that offers a good view of your entire throat, from collarbone to chin. Know the area you will be checking—your thyroid rests above your collarbone and “hugs” your throat in the shape of a small butterfly, just below the larynx, right around the bottom one-third of your throat.

Step #2: Take a sip and take a look

Take a sip of water and tilt your head back with your chin up, and keep an eye on your throat and neck as you swallow.

You may need to do this several times to get a good look at your neck as you swallow—keeping your chin up and your eyes down on the mirror can be a bit tricky at first.

Watch the thyroid area as you swallow, looking for any bulges near the area where your thyroid gland would be. Is the area symmetrical as you swallow, or is there a difference between the sides.

What to Do Next

If there is asymmetry between sides or any out-of-place bumps near your thyroid gland that become apparent when you swallow, you need to discuss your findings with a doctor.

Here is a short video with a demonstration of the thyroid self check:

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