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How to prevent thyroid cancer?

Because many people develop thyroid cancer without having any known risk factors for the illness, this form of cancer is hard to prevent. However, new genetic blood tests can be used to identify people who have a high risk of developing the familial types of MTC. Once inherited MTC strikes one family member, all genetically related family members can be tested.

Those who test positive, without showing symptoms of thyroid cancer, may elect to have the thyroid removed to prevent thyroid cancer. After surgery, these patients need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of their lives.

A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in animal fat can reduce your risk of many types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. They contain antioxidants that protect your cells from damage that occurs as a result of normal metabolism. Add to these six servings of foods from other plant sources such as breads, cereals, rice and beans. Saturated fats, such as those found in red meat, should make up no more than 10 percent of your total calories. Instead, emphasize unsaturated fats (omega-3 fatty acids), especially those found in salmon and other fish, which may help protect against cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help protect against many diseases, including cancer of the thyroid.

The National Cancer Institute recommends that a doctor examine anyone who has received radiation to the head and neck during childhood at intervals of one or two years. The neck and the thyroid should be carefully examined for any lumps or enlargement of the nearby lymph nodes. Ultrasonography may be used for people at risk for thyroid cancer.

More information on thyroid cancer

What is thyroid cancer? - Thyroid cancer is a disease in which the thyroid cells become abnormal, grow uncontrollably, and form tumors.
What types of thyroid cancer are there? - There are four major types of thyroid cancer: papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, and anaplastic thyroid cancer.
What causes thyroid cancer? - Doctors do not know what causes most cases of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radiation during childhood is a known risk factor for thyroid cancer.
What're the symptoms of thyroid cancer? - The most common symptom of thyroid cancer is a lump, or nodule, that can be felt in the neck. Other symptoms are rare.
What're the risk factors for thyroid cancer? - Risk factors for thyroid cancer include radiation, family history, genetic conditions, sex, reproductive history.
How is thyroid cancer diagnosed? - A test known as the calcitonin test may be ordered if medullary thyroid cancer is suspected. Imaging tests identify any abnormal areas in the thyroid.
What's the treatment for thyroid cancer? - Treatment for thyroid cancer depends on the type of cancer and its stage. Surgery is the most common form of treatment for thyroid cancer.
How to prevent thyroid cancer? - Because many people develop thyroid cancer without having any known risk factors for the illness, this form of cancer is hard to prevent.
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