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What are risk factors for thyroid cancer if I have a thyroid nodule?

Florence Comite, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Thyroid nodules can be cancerous or benign; they don't necessarily point to thyroid cancer. Watch endocrinologist Florence Comite, MD, describe the common risk factors, including family history, exposure to radiation and thyroid dysfunction.
Your physician will ask questions about your risk factors for thyroid cancer. Features that make surgeons more suspicious of a nodule are rapid growth, family history of thyroid cancer, family history of a condition known as Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 2 (MEN-2), young age at diagnosis (less than 20 years old), male gender, history of head or neck irradiation, and compressive symptoms such as problems swallowing or breathing.  

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