The Four Most Important Factoids About Thyroid Cancer

Monday, January 13, 2014

Andrew Pedersen, MD

#1: Treatability

Most thyroid cancer has a high cure rate, but can recur many years later and needs lifelong follow-up.

#2: Risk Factor: Radiation Exposure

Radiation exposure is a strong risk factor for thyroid cancer. People should limit their exposure.

#3: (Lack of ) Signs and Symptoms

Thyroid cancer is usually asymptomatic and not generally detectable on blood tests. Routine neck exams should be done.

#4: Increased Risks

There is an increased risk of thyroid cancer in first degree relatives (and especially siblings) of individuals who have had thyroid cancer. However, the risk is still fairly low.