The thyroid cancer team at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is here to support you on your cancer journey. Learn more about potential risk factors and how to reduce your chance of developing thyroid cancer.
The main cause of thyroid cancer is largely unknown, but age, family history, radiation exposure and heredity play a part during diagnosis.
Although some types of thyroid cancer have different risk factors, established factors for thyroid cancer include:
No common behavioral risk factors for thyroid cancer have been identified at this time. If you are concerned about inherited family syndromes that cause thyroid cancer, we offer advanced genetic testing to let you know your risk.
Most patients are unaware of the symptoms or risk factors associated with thyroid cancer, making it difficult to prevent. Screening or testing for thyroid cancer is always an option. When possible stay away from high radiation such as nuclear power plants or x-rays using high radiation.
Consider genetic testing to find out if thyroid cancer runs in your family. Testing can also detect gene mutations that can be treated and cured if found early on. Learn more about genetic counseling and testing from Banner MD Anderson for thyroid cancer prevention.