The thyroid

The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck, just below the voicebox (larynx). It is made up of two parts (or lobes), one on each side of the neck.

The thyroid gland is part of a network of glands throughout the body that make up the endocrine system. This system makes hormones in the body. Hormones help control and influence different functions in the body.

These hormones are:

  • thyroid hormone – this controls your metabolism
  • calcitonin – this helps to control the calcium levels in your body.

The thyroid
The thyroid

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About thyroid cancer

Information about the different types of thyroid cancer, the symptoms and possible causes.