Thyroid Nodules (cont.)
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Thyroid nodules cannot be prevented.
The American Thyroid Association recommends that all adults be tested beginning at age 35 and continuing every 5 years.2 But after reviewing all of the research, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has not recommended for or against routine thyroid testing.3 Some other groups suggest that people who are high-risk—women older than 60 and anyone who has a family history of thyroid disease or who has other autoimmune diseases—may want to be screened.4 Talk to your doctor about whether you need to be tested for thyroid problems.
Most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. Many thyroid nodules do not need medical treatment. If you have a thyroid nodule that is being watched, schedule regular medical checkups to see whether there are any changes.
If you have had surgery to remove your thyroid gland, it is important to:
If you have had radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid nodules, call your doctor if:
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