Thyroid The thyroid releases hormones important to the metabolism and located at the front of the neck.


Nationwide there were 2297 new cases of thyroid cancer in 2012.

Risk of diagnosisbefore age 75

Men Men: 1 in 274 Woman Women: 1 in 92

Causes/Risk Factors

The causes of thyroid cancer are not fully understood. The established risk factors for thyroid cancer include:

Established risk factors include:

  • Family history of benign thyroid disease .
  • Radiation treatment to the neck area at a young age .
  • Family history of thyroid cancer .
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP).






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