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What is my risk for goiter?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Your risk for developing a goiter depends on many factors. While goiters can be present in people of all ages, they are more likely to affect older adults past the age of 50. Women, especially post-menopausal women, are more likely to develop goiters than men. Some environmental factors, such as having taken certain medications, being exposed to radiation, or having a lack of iodine are also risk factors for goiters. Some autoimmune conditions that cause goiters can run in families, so your family history also puts you at risk.

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