The Argentine Government has announced that the president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has just sworn his charge for the second time, has thyroid cancer. The tumor, a papillary carcinoma that was detected in a routine medical examination, will be removed on January 4 at the Austral Hospital of Buenos Aires, and as explained by the government spokesman, Alfredo Soccimarro, has not been extended to other organs nor does it affect the lymph nodes.

This disease often has no symptoms and, as in the case of the Argentine president, is detected in a routine medical examination

Malignant tumors are rare in the thyroid, although in recent years, an increase in the incidence of this type of cancer has been observed. Some signs that can alert you to the presence of a thyroid tumor are: a lump in the neck (although that does not necessarily mean that it is malignant), hoarseness or unjustified cough, pain in the neck or ears, difficulty swallowing or breathing . However, it is a disease that often has no symptoms and, as in the case of the Argentine president, is detected in a routine medical examination.

According to Soccimarro, the analyzes carried out by the doctors have determined that there is no metastasis, and that the condition is located only in the thyroid gland. It is expected that Fernández de Kirchner will remain 20 days off after the surgery and that Amado Boudou, the Argentine vice president, occupies the head of the State during his absence.

Argentine president has thyroid cancer (November 2019).