Thyroid Cancer Causes & Risk Factors
- Q What are the risk factors for thyroid cancer?
Dr. Patrick Maguire, OncologyRadiation exposure is the most well-known risk factor for the development of thyroid cancer. However, the majority of patients who are diagnosed have no clear known risk factor. Females are about three times as likely to develop thyroid cancer as males. Full Answer
- Q What causes thyroid cancer?
Not much is known about the causes of thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer, like all cancers, results from the abnormal overgrowth of cells, which build up to form tumors. Certain genetic factors, like a family history of goiter or other thyroid conditions,... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect papillary thyroid cancer?
Some genetic thyroid disorders can lead to thyroid cancer. If goiters, or enlarging of the thyroid gland, run in your family, you should tell your doctor. If you are at a high risk for developing thyroid cancer due to your genetic makeup, your doctor may... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for papillary thyroid cancer?
If you have been exposed to radiation, you could be at risk for thyroid cancer. People who underwent radiation treatment for conditions such as acne may be at risk, as may those who have been exposed to nuclear radiation. Talk to your doctor if you think... Full Answer
- Q What causes papillary thyroid cancer?
The specific cause of thyroid cancer is not clear. However, some environmental conditions could lead to the disease. Some people with thyroid cancer may have developed the disease due to exposure to radiation used during childhood to treat acne or other... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for anaplastic thyroid cancer?
The risk factors for developing anaplastic thyroid are few and specific. The disease affects people aged 60 years and older. It affects more women than men. People who have a family history of goiters, which are swellings of the thyroid gland that are... Full Answer