Family history: Certain types of genes can cause an increased risk. Having a family history of hereditary precancerous polyps in the colon also can be an increased risk factor of the disease.
Medical history: Having a history of a goiter (enlarged thyroid) can increase a person’s risk of thyroid cancer. Also, known to be risk factor is previous exposure to moderate levels of radiation which can include:
Exposure: Radioactive iodine exposure, especially during childhood or exposure to ionizing radiation, including radioactive fallout from atomic weapons or a nuclear power plant fallout can be an increased risk factor.
Signs & Symptoms:
Screening & Diagnostic Testing
A complete physical exam and medical history should be done. The exam will check for any unusual physical signs. A complete medical history is also important to fully understand a person’s health habits, family history, previous illnesses, and past exposure. Additional testing may include:
Helpful Patient Resources:
We understand that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a very scary and it is an emotional time for the patient and their families. It is very important to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your oncologist. We highly recommend that if you do any research about your disease, that you do so only with reputable sources. For your convenience, we’ve listed some below:
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
National Comprehensive Cancer Network