Thyroid Cancer: Unraveling the Risk Factors

by | Sep 12, 2023 | Thyroid, Uncategorized

Thyroid cancer, a type of cancer that begins in the thyroid gland, is often associated with an excellent prognosis due to its early detection and treatability. Despite its relative rarity, understanding its risk factors is crucial in early identification and treatment. In the spirit of awareness and proactive healthcare, Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, Cleveland, and Johnson City, TN is committed to sharing key insights about thyroid cancer risks.

Thyroid Cancer

What is Thyroid Cancer?

Located at the base of your neck, the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that produces hormones regulating your body’s metabolism, heart rate, and temperature. When cells in the thyroid mutate, they can form a cancerous tumor, leading to thyroid cancer. 

Who Is At Risk for Thyroid Cancer? 

While anyone can develop thyroid cancer, certain factors increase the risk:

Gender: Thyroid cancer occurs about three times more often in women than in men.

Age: Although thyroid cancer can occur at any age, the risk peaks earlier for women (usually in their 40s or 50s) than for men (usually in their 60s or 70s).

Radiation Exposure: Exposure to high levels of radiation, especially during childhood, increases the risk of thyroid cancer.

Family History and Genetics: Certain inherited genetic syndromes and a family history of thyroid cancer can increase the likelihood of developing this disease.

Iodine Deficiency: A diet deficient in iodine can increase the risk, although this is more common in countries where iodine is not routinely added to table salt.

Early Detection is Key

Despite the risk factors, it’s essential to remember that many people with thyroid cancer have no known risk factors, and many people with these risk factors do not develop thyroid cancer. Therefore, it’s crucial to be aware of any changes in your body and seek medical advice if you notice any unusual symptoms such as a lump or swelling in your neck, difficulty swallowing, or changes in your voice.

At Premier Surgical Associates, we have a dedicated team of experts ready to provide comprehensive care—from initial diagnosis to surgical treatment of thyroid disease. 

Premier Surgical: Your Trusted Partner in Health

Premier Surgical Associates is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for our patients, including those dealing with thyroid conditions. We understand the complexities involved in diagnosing and treating thyroid cancer, which is why our highly trained surgeons and medical professionals work closely with you and your primary care physician to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Understanding risk factors and symptoms of thyroid cancer is the first step towards proactive health management. To discuss any concerns or schedule an appointment, contact Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, Cleveland, or Johnson City, TN today at