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The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck just below the voice box (larynx). It is made up of two parts, or lobes. It's one of a network of glands throughout the body that make up the endocrine system. This system is responsible for producing the body’s hormones that help to control and influence various functions.
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There are 4 main types of thyroid cancer:
Young people are mostly affected by the papillary and follicular types.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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