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Posted by: nini | 2004/12/02

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I normally have a yearly thyroid blood test as i have a multi nodular goitre, i would like to know whether this blood test would be able to pick up cancer of the thyroid? or does it just check the function of the thyroid and maybe there is a separe test for cancer? surely it would pick up?

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Nini, a thyroid function test (TSH and T4) will not pick up cancer. It is used in conjunction with other tests (clinical examination, ultrasound, FNA, iodine uptake, etc.) to determine whether you have cancer. Good luck.

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