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What are the causes of thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Jason Cohen
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No Simple Answer

It is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, both of which are not well understood at this time.
In most patients, we do not know why they developed thyroid cancer. In occasional cases, the cause can be traced back to something specific (i.e. Prior exposure to radiation therapy to the neck or to other sources of radiation).

In brief: No Simple Answer

It is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, both of which are not well understood at this time.
In most patients, we do not know why they developed thyroid cancer. In occasional cases, the cause can be traced back to something specific (i.e. Prior exposure to radiation therapy to the neck or to other sources of radiation).
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Dr. Stephanie Lee
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Thyroid cancer

Most of the time we do not know why someone gets thyroid cancer.
It is known about 5% of patients will have a family member with thyroid cancer. The only known risk for thyroid cancer is external radiation of the thyroid during childhood. Generally the radiation in diagnostic scan such as a CT scan or dental xrays is NOT associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer.

In brief: Thyroid cancer

Most of the time we do not know why someone gets thyroid cancer.
It is known about 5% of patients will have a family member with thyroid cancer. The only known risk for thyroid cancer is external radiation of the thyroid during childhood. Generally the radiation in diagnostic scan such as a CT scan or dental xrays is NOT associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer.
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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
Surgery - Head & Neck

In brief: Causes

Spontaneous (most common) Radiation exposure (occupational, nuclear fall out) Hereditary

In brief: Causes

Spontaneous (most common) Radiation exposure (occupational, nuclear fall out) Hereditary
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