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Radiation Exposure Only Cause of Thyroid Cancer?

Radiation Exposure Only Cause of Thyroid Cancer?

Question

Is it true you can only get thyroid cancer if you had some exposure to radiation?

Answer

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

Unfortunately, that is not true. Radiation is a risk factor for thyroid cancer however, MOST people who develop thyroid cancer have not been exposed to excessive amounts of radiation.

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