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Thyroid Cancer Prevention

Prevention

Because the exact cause of thyroid cancer is unknown, finding it early and treating it is the best way to prevent dying from the disease:

  • Aged 20-39, have a thyroid exam every three years.
  • Aged 40 or older, have a thyroid exam every year.

Exposure to radiation is a major risk factor for thyroid cancer, therefore:

  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation.
  • If you have been exposed to radiation of the head, neck, or chest, particularly as a child, have frequent checks for thyroid cancer.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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