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Causes of Thyroid Cancer

Unearth the mysteries of thyroid cancer as we explore its causes, risk factors, and potential preventive measures in this informative article.

  • 13 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Are you aware of the causes of thyroid cancer? It is an important question to ask, especially if you live in India, given that it is a very common form of cancer in the country. Recent studies have shown that exposure to radiation and certain chemicals may contribute to a person's risk. Understanding these potential factors is key to safeguarding your overall health. In this article, we will explore some common causes of thyroid cancer to understand this disease better.

How is Thyroid Cancer Caused?

Certain factors that can increase the chances of developing thyroid cancer include:

  • Toxic adenomas: If any sort of nodule or lumps of cell growth is seen in the thyroid gland, it is said to be a thyroid nodule, which upsets the body’s chemical balance by making thyroid hormones that can lead to a condition called goiter.
  • Thyroiditis: This is the inflammation of our thyroid gland, which is mostly painless and may appear post-delivering a baby in women, a condition known as postpartum thyroiditis. If in case the thyroid has not recovered, it may lead to hypothyroidism and later into the cancer stage. which is one of the common reasons for thyroid cancer.
  • Genetic mutation: Gene mutations (changes) that cause endocrine diseases like multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A) or type 2B (MEN2B) syndrome can increase the risk of thyroid cancer
  • Low iodine intake can increase the chances of developing thyroid cancer.
  • Family history: If a first-degree female relative like a mother, sister, or daughter has any history of thyroid cancer, she is at a greater risk of getting thyroid cancer.
  • Being overweight or obese: A person who is obese is at increased risk for getting this cancer.
  • Radiation therapy: If a person has been treated with radiation therapy, like in the case of radiation therapy for neck and head regions related to a disease, then he/ she is at increased risk of developing thyroid cancer and exposure to radioactive material from nuclear weapons or a power plant accident can also makes a person more vulnerable to develop cancer.

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Taking steps to lower one's risk of developing thyroid cancer and being aware of all potential warning signs are essential, but the most effective way to fight against this condition is through education. Research should not only focus on uncovering the underlying causes of thyroid cancer but also look at possible prevention methods and more effective treatments. With improved insight into what causes thyroid cancer, we could be closer than ever to saving lives and allowing those affected by this condition to live longer and healthier lives. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.

Disclaimer: the above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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