Radiation Exposure Only Cause of Thyroid Cancer?

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Last Modified: August 14, 2012

Question

Does getting thyroid cancer have to do with a history of it in your family?

Answer

Rachel Kelz, MD, MSCE, at Penn Medicine responds:

Some thyroid cancers are associated familial cancer syndromes. Those are unusual. Most thyroid cancers are sporadic meaning they are not associated with a family history of thyroid cancer. That said, a family history of thyroid cancer should be mentioned to the evaluating physician whenever present.

This question and answer was part of OncoLink's Brown Bag Web Chat Series. View the entire transcript of Focus on Thyroid Cancer.

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