Risk Factors

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Certain factors may increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer:

  • Thyroid cancer occurs more often in people between the ages of 25 and 65 years.
  • People who have been exposed to radiation or received radiation treatments to the head and neck during infancy or childhood have a greater chance of developing thyroid cancer. The cancer may occur as early as five years after exposure or may occur 20 or more years later.
  • People who have had goiter (enlarged thyroid) or a family history of thyroid disease have an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer.
  • Thyroid cancer is more common in women than in men.
  • Asian people have an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer.
 
 
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