Should I be worried if I notice a lump in my neck?


A lump in your neck could signify a goiter. Some goiters are a sign that your thyroid is producing either too many or two few hormones and need to be treated. Others, however, pose no threat and do not require treatment but should be monitored to be sure they do not worsen. Talk to your doctor if you think you notice a goiter, and the two of you can decide the best way to proceed. If you experience other, more severe symptoms, such as a chance in metabolism or heart rate, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, you will likely need treatment.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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