Thyroid Cancer Risk
main causative factors for thyroid cancer include:
- Age - thyroid cancer tends to affect especially people
aged between 25 and 65; however, the median age at diagnosis is 48 years of age.
- Sex - women are more victim of thyroid cancer; the
incidence is almost three times more in women than in men.
- Environment - living close to a nuclear power
- Family History of thyroid cancer
- if you have a family history of
medullary thyroid cancer, you are at greater risk than the rest of the population.
- Diet - persistent excess or deficiency of iodine in your
diet may also contribute to the development of thyroid cancer.
- History of goiter - goiter is a non cancerous inflammation of thyroid
gland often due to iodine deficiency, however, chronic swelling in the thyroid gland can lead to thyroid
- Exposure to high levels of radiation
– prolonged exposure to radioactive
materials may also promote the development of thyroid cancer. If you have been undergoing radiation
treatment to the head and neck, you may have exposed to high levels of radiation.
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms