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Risk Factors for Cancer of the Thyroid

A middle-aged Asian woman Age, gender, and race are some of the risk factors associated with thyroid cancer.

There is no way to know for sure if you're going to get cancer of the thyroid. Certain factors can make you more likely than someone else to get it. These are called risk factors. However, just because you have one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will get thyroid cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get it. Or you can have no known risk factors and get it.

Certain factors may increase the risk of developing thyroid cancer.

The genes in our cells carry the hereditary information from our parents. An abnormal gene has been found in patients with some forms of thyroid cancer. If medullary thyroid cancer is found, the patient may have been born with a certain abnormal gene that may have led to the cancer. Family members may have also inherited this abnormal gene.

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