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Thyroid Problems (cont.)

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Thyroid Problems Prevention

There is no known way to prevent hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. In the United States, iodine deficiency is rare, so there is no way to prevent goiter or thyroid nodules. It is not recommended that a person take extra iodine. Instead, there is plenty of iodine in an adult multiple vitamin supplement if it contains iodine. Read the ingredient label to make sure the vitamin contains iodine.

Radiation will induce both benign and malignant thyroid nodules. Individuals should avoid excess radiation or unnecessary CT scans of the head and neck and use a "thyroid shield" when dental X-rays are performed.

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