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.
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