A risk factor for thyroid cancer is a condition, behavior, or other part of your life that increases the likelihood of developing the disease.
Risk factors for papillary thyroid cancer include:
- Radiation exposure: People who were exposed to radiation in their childhood, have a higher chance of developing papillary thyroid cancer.
- Inherited conditions: People with a family history of multiple colon growths because of inherited conditions may be at an increased risk for papillary thyroid cancer.
- Family history: For about 5 percent of people who develop papillary thyroid cancer, the disease runs in the family.
- Gender: It’s unclear why, but papillary thyroid cancer occurs about three times more often in women than in men.
Risk factors for follicular thyroid cancer include:
- A low-iodine diet. People are more likely to develop follicular carcinoma if they live in a place where iodine isn’t added to salt that’s used in food.
- Familial conditions.
- Inherited disorders, such as Werner’s syndrome and Cowden’s syndrome
Risk factors for medullary thyroid cancer (MTC):
- Family history. Approximately 25 percent of people with MTC have inherited a mutation in a gene called RET.
No matter what risk factors for thyroid cancer you might have, Dr Supreet Bhatt will help you for proper diagnosis and the most effective treatment.