Basic Information About Thyroid Cancer

Posted 06/07/2012 | By HealthCorps

Thyroid cancer is on the rise in America. Its incidence has doubled over the past 40 years. The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, occurs in 80% of the cases, and is more common when people hit the mid 40s. Women get it more than men. Though there are no frank or obvious causes, there are some identified risk factors, including:

  • Radiation exposure from fallout from nuclear power plants
  • Radiation exposure from treatment as a child for cancer, and more distantly for certain chronic conditions like acne
  • Being overweight
  • Having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease
  • Genetics, a strong family history of the disease
  • Possibly environmental pollutants
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