Clare Balding's Thyroid Cancer Puts The Disease In Spotlight

Clare Balding

Clare Balding, a 38 years old BBC sports reporter, is reported feeling positive after being told she has thyroid cancer. She has had two surgeries. One to remove a cyst from her thyroid and the second to remove her thyroid gland.

Balding is to receive radioactive iodine treatment next month. She will not be reporting Saturday’s rugby league’s Challenge Cup quarter-final. She does however plan to return to work as soon as possible.

Thyroid cancer is rare. It is estimated that in the United States there will be 37,200 new cases this year. It is estimated there will be 1,630 deaths from the disease this year. Symptoms of thyroid cancer include a lump in the neck, a hoarse voice, sore throat or difficulty swallowing that does not get better. Have hyperthyroidism (over active) or hypothyroidism (under active) does not increase the risk of thyroid cancer, but having nodules or an enlarged thyroid does.


According to the National Cancer Institute early thyroid cancer often does not have symptoms. But as the cancer grows, Thyroid cancer symptoms may include:

* A lump in the front of the neck
* Hoarseness or voice changes
* Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
* Trouble swallowing or breathing
* Pain in the throat or neck that does not go away

"Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer. An infection, a benign goiter, or another health problem is usually the cause of these symptoms. Anyone with symptoms that do not go away in a couple of weeks should see a doctor to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible," describes NCI.

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National Institute of Health