Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Thyroid Diseases

Exposure to head and neck radiation increases thyroid cancer risk

Category: Thyroid Diseases

Exposure to head and neck radiation increases thyroid cancer risk   Thyroid testing may benefit individuals who were exposed to high levels of radiation in their childhood. A new study has found that, while it may take a while for symptoms to emerge, these individuals have a significantly higher risk of thyroid problems, including cancer.

Childhood exposure to radiation is becoming much more common. It is used as part of therapy for certain types of cancer as well as in head and neck computed tomography scans. While these techniques have greatly improved disease detection and treatment, they have also exposed a generation to high levels of radiation.

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center, examined the medical records of thousands of individuals who had been treated with radiation in their childhood. The investigation team found that later in life, these individuals were significantly more likely to develop thyroid cancer.

In recent years, doctors have reported that thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses. The researchers said that, based on their findings, this may be caused by the growing use of radiation in testing and treating diseases.
 

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top